Transition Year

Transition Year

Transition Year Booklet

To view our current Transition Year Information booklet, please click here.

Mission Statement

Transition Year (TY) is a one-year programme that forms the first year of a three-year senior cycle in many schools. It is designed to act as a bridge between the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate programmes. Transition Year offers learners an opportunity to mature and develop without the pressure of an examination. It also provides an opportunity for learners to reflect on, and develop an appreciation of, the value of learning in preparing them for the ever-changing demands of the adult world of work, further and higher education and relationships.

The course is designed by the school to lead students to maturity in order to benefit more from Senior Cycle education, to develop independent learning skills and introduce them to the world of work. The programme is skills based and the emphasis is on variety of learning. Every effort is made to introduce the students to areas of ability and expression which develop the individual to reach his potential as an autonomous participative and responsible member of society. In TY, we strive to encourage personal growth and responsibility. The emphasis on learning is put more in the hands of the students, which prepares them better for the world outside of school. Every effort is made to ensure a full education, through subject choices unavailable outside TY, school outings and guest speakers. Our programme offers a comprehensive selection of extra-curricular activities which focus on personal development, teamwork and building confidence and maturity among all students.

General Aims of Transition Year

The Transition Year programme is a one-year programme in Greenhills Community College. All aims of the programme reflect those published by the Department of Education and Skills.

The Greenhills Community College Transition Year curriculum is one that will:

  • Provide students with opportunities to develop their personal, intellectual, spiritual, social, physical and emotional life in a caring, stimulating and varied learning environment.
  • Provide a transition between Junior and Senior cycles.
  • Encourage students to achieve their potential in subject areas and learning experiences within the programme.
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum including the provision of additional support in the core subjects where possible.
  • Provide students with opportunities for personal and social development.
  • Facilitate students in making better-informed subject choices for Senior Cycle.
  • Assist students in taking greater responsibility for their own learning and decision making.
  • Prepare students for the world of work, further education and life-long learning.
  • Provide students with the supports and skills necessary to grow in self-confidence and develop a range of interpersonal and communication skills.