Transition Year Overview


The Transition Year Programme (TYP) in Roscommon Community College is an educational programme based on DES guidelines and is designed to develop cognitive, social and emotional skills in a way that compliments the transition to senior cycle.

Our TYP is highly structured and delivered in a similar style to the Senior Cycle Programme. It allows for independent, self-directed learning where critical thinking and innovation is encouraged and developed.

The programme in our school focuses on four distinct areas:

  • Continuation of the core subjects
  • Subject sampling for the Leaving Certificate Programme
  • Transition Year specific modules and subjects
  • Once off calendar events


Within Roscommon Community College the core subjects of English, Irish, Maths and a language are continued with heavy emphasis on building on pupils’ knowledge from the Junior Cycle and giving a strong grounding for the Senior Cycle. Pupils are also given the opportunity to sample the subjects on offer in the school for Leaving Certificate in order to allow them to make informed decisions going forward.

There are many TY specific subjects that are on offer to students which affords them the opportunity to engage in experiences that prepare pupils for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society.

There are many challenges facing our young people today and for this reason, we have specifically tailored our TYP to equip our students with the skills necessary to face and overcome these challenges. The year is devoted to facilitating the pupils to learn new skills, have new experiences, teach, improve their academic skills and develop personally and socially.

The TYP offers a broad variety of learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom which will provide them with the skills necessary to focus and improve on their study for Senior Cycle, prepare them for third level education and develop their social and personal awareness for adult and working life.

Core Subjects

Subject Sampling

TY Specific Subjects

Once off Calendar Events

Home Economics
Chinese Culture
Participation in GAISCE
Woodcraft / Design in Construction
First Aid Course
Community Care
Exposure to visiting speakers
Learn to Earn (in conjunction with Bank of Ireland)
Various educational outings
Law Education for Schools Education for Schools (including visit to courts and prison)
BT Young Scientist
Film Production
Production of school magazine
First Lego League Competition
Outdoor Pursuits
Community Projects
Driver School
Worldwise Global Schools Project

Other opportunities that are on offer to Transition Year students are the chance to take part in MiniMed programmes offered by Trinity College, the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and GMIT Castlebar along with a variety of other programmes.

Assessment and Evaluation in Transition Year

A variety of modes of assessment will be used to complement the variety of approaches used in implementing the programme and grading will be based upon a credit system. Evaluation will take place during the year by students, teachers, parents, work providers and outside agencies, as well as at the end of the school year where Certificates will be awarded.