Transition Year

Transition Year

Transition Year

Transition Year was introduced to Kildare Town Community School in September 2012. The programme is based on the Department of Education and Science aims for the Transition Year Programme. It also embodies the mission statement of the school.

Transition year is a unique one year programme for students who have completed the Junior Certificate. It provides a bridge to enable them to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with the Junior Certificate to the more independent learning environment associated with the Senior Cycle, Third level and the world of work. It encourages personal and social development and recognises the need for students to grow in independence. Transition Year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Certificate programme, further study and adult and working life. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.


  • Promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of students.
  • Prepare students for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society.
  • Enable students to take a greater responsibility for their own learning and decision making.
  • Help students to develop a range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.
  • Prepare students for the world of work.
  • Enable students to develop basic competencies in key areas according to their individual needs, including remediation where appropriate.
  • Give students the opportunity to experience education without the pressures of a state examination curriculum timetable.
  • Enable students to experience a variety of subjects not normally available to Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students.

Transition Year programme

Students continue with their core subjects throughout TY. They are also offered an opportunity to sample other subjects for the leaving certificate programme. Since 2019 new TY specific courses are offered throughout the year including Journalism and research.

Core Subjects

  • English
  • Irish
  • Maths
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education


  • Business
  • Accountancy
  • Art, Craft & Design
  • Music
  • Science- Biology,Physics and Chemistry
  • Construction Studies
  • European language - French and spanish
  • DCG

TY Specific

  • Computer Studies
  • Speech and Drama
  • Tutorial/portfolio
  • Enterprise (Mini-Company)
  • Mandarin
  • Research (local History)
  • Journalism
  • Nutrition and dietician

Students have the opportunity to go on many trips, they have the opportunity to participate in many different workshops,fundraisers, competitions and receive certificates for many of these activities.

  • Road Safety workshop
  • Personal Development workshop
  • Goal Setting workshop
  • Swimming Lessons (Rookie lifeguard)
  • Retreat
  • Debating competitions
  • Mock trials
  • GAISCE (including overnight trip)
  • Participation in the Young Scientist/ Scifest
  • First Aid / CPR instruction
  • Development courses in Kildare Town Library
  • Early Drivers Course
  • Dance Classes
  • Sports coaching awards
  • Young Social Innovators
  • Enterprise with Kildare Lion’s club
  • Special Olympics Ireland

Work Experience

Students go on work placement every Tuesday beginning on the third week of school in September. There will be three blocks of approximately eight weeks of placements. Students are encouraged to organise their own placements and to seek three separate placements for each block. They are supported throughout the process by the Work Experience Co-ordinator, Mr T Hartnett and the Transition year co-ordinator Ms.M.Murphy


"My name is Caoimhe Reilly and I am a TY student in KTCS. I have really enjoyed being in TY so far. I have learned far more skills than I thought I would, such as how to run a bank, how a musical is put together and how to read food labels to see if they are healthy or not. I have made loads of new friends that I would have probably never met if I hadn’t done TY. I have created so many new experiences and had so much more fun in the past 6 months than I have had in the past 3 years of the junior cycle. I feel that I have matured as TY has given me the opportunity to do work experience in different places I am interested in. It has given me the confidence to talk to employers and I have even scored a job in the village as a result of it. My CV has been completely changed for the better because of TY also. I have gained so many certificates in different things such as self defence, GAISCE the president's award and completing a course in disabilities in sport- all of which I wouldn’t have even thought of doing if it wasn’t for TY. I have had an amazing experience in TY and would recommend it to everyone to do."

Kildare Town Community School
Dunmurry Rd,
Kildare Town,
Co. Kildare,
R51 D288

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