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5th Year Leaving Certificate Options Information 2023/24

Last updated – 3rd March 2022

This page contains important information to guide you when completing the online 5th year options process for Leaving Certificate Established and LCVP 2023. 

5th Year Options 2023

This years options process for 5th Year 2023 is now open. The options process will be open until Sunday 19th March.

As parents of next year’s 5th year students you are requested to choose your 5th year subject options with your son/daughter via your parental VSware account. In order to complete this process, you will need to visit our VSware website which is www.lucancc.vsware.ie (VSware is best accessed through Google Chrome). Please read the instructions here: 5th Year Options letter.

Please see 5th Year Options Presentation 2023 information for current TY’s on options for 5th Year 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions – Choosing 5th Year Options

Q Where can I get information to help me choose my subjects for Leaving Cert?
A We would strongly encourage you to:
• Read Senior Cycle Subject Booklet 2023
• Watch subject videos – linked below
• Read PowerPoint Presentation – available here
• Research subjects on the Careersportal website
• Engage in all activities and discussions during Guidance classes
• Seek advice from subject teachers

Q: Can LCVP be included in calculation of points?
A: LCVP can be counted as one of your 6 best subjects in the calculation of CAO points. See a breakdown of how CAO points can be used here.

Q: What subjects are most popular?
A: This depends on trends and changes yearly. In the last two years Leaving Certificate PE has been very popular.

Q: What are the chances of getting my preferred choice of options?
A In general, 90% students will get No.1, 75% No.2, and approximately 66% No.3. Therefore, a student’s 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and choices are crucially important. It is important that you reflect before deciding your preference based on student interest, aptitude, and career options.

Q: Will there be an opportunity for students who do not study a foreign language to study another subject?
Yes every effort will be made to accommodate students who do not study a foreign language. In the last few years this subject has been Geography, but this may change depending on school resources.

Q Will the school accommodate me to study a subject not offered by the school?
Students wishing to pursue a subject not offered by the school will have to study this subject
independently. However, we will accommodate students to sit their state examinations in a subject that they have studied externally.

Q Can a student take up a subject that they have not studied in Junior Cycle?
Yes, students can take up a new subject once they are aware that any new subject will require extra commitment and engagement on behalf of the student.

Q Can a student do higher level in a subject that they have studied at ordinary level for Junior Cycle?
We advise any student considering in this situation to consult with the relevant subject teacher.


Subject Information Videos

The following videos have been made to inform you about the various subjects we have on offer for the Leaving Certificate Established Programme.

We advise that you watch the videos and read the subject booklet carefully before completing the online options process on our Vsware system.


Subject Link to Video Booklet page number
Accounting Video link p15
Applied Mathematics Video link p14
Art Video link p8
Biology Video link p11
Business Video link p15
Chemistry Video link p12
Computer Science Powerpoint on Computer Science and Video link not included
Construction Studies Video link p17
Design and Communication Graphics (DCG) Video link p17
Engineering Video link p16
Geography Video link p5
History Video link p4
Home Economics Video link p9
LC Physical Education Video link p13
LC Vocational Programme (LCVP) Video link p18
Music Video link p7
Physics Video link p13
Politics and Society Video link p6
Religious Education Video link p10
Technology Video link p16


Available support:

If you have questions concerning the online process for choosing options can you please contact Ms Malone at grainnemalone@lucancc.ie

If you have any questions about specific option subjects please contact a teacher in that subject department.


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