Transition Year

What is Transition Year?

Transition Year is a distinct one year programme taken after the Junior Certificate and before a Leaving Certificate Programme. Transition Year offers students a broad educational experience and provides a bridge to help students take greater responsibility for their own learning and decision making. We encourage our Transition Year students to participate in learning experiences which are active and experiential. This aids our students to develop a range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

Aims of Transition Year:

Education for maturity with an emphasis on social awareness and increased social competence.

Education through the experience of Adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.

Promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on Interdisciplinary learning.

Subject Categories

Core Subjects


  • English, Irish, Maths, Science, The World Around Us, Modern Languages, Well-Being, Sports & Recreation, Tutorial & Portfolio, Career Guidance



The enrichment module offers students the chance to explore new skills in a practical, creative and social context. These skills can help to build greater self-esteem and higher goal achievement in both current academic situations and in the pursuit of long-term ambitions.

  • Module length is 10 weeks

  • The middle 10 weeks will be devoted to the TY musical.

  • Short and Long Courses are offered.  In each module, you will choose either one long course or two short courses.


Personal Interests

  • A chance to identify your skills and apply them to a personal interest for future careers.

  • Module lasts 15 weeks (half a school year)

  • Students will pick 2 areas of study that they want to focus on in their Transition Year.


Applied Academics

  • Applied academics is an approach to learning and teaching that focuses on how academic subjects can apply to the real world.

  • Module Length is 10 weeks.

  • Students will pick 3 subjects to study throughout the year.



Go Kart Making

Good Food


Access Music

Chinese Cultural Studies

Jewelry Making and Stage Make-Up


Creative Photography

Indoor Games

Introduction to Coding

Personal Interest

Arts + Craft

Film Production

Food Technology

Music Technology

Practice in Enterprise

Furniture Design

Applied Academics

Applied Maths


Gene Technology

Introduction to Law + Politics

Classical Studies

The World of Business

Sports + Nutrition

Product Design

Enrichment Musical Section Courses

Drama & Production

Costume Design

PPS (Prosthetics, Speical Effects + Stage Make-up

Set Design

Music Performance

Chinese Cultural Studies

Jewelry Making and Stage Makeup


Creative Photography

Indoor Games

Introduction to Coding

Subject Descriptors



Long Courses


Access Music/Drama/Musical:

All three courses will take on different elements of the year’s chosen Musical or Play. Ranging from stage direction to music to theatrical production, including set design, lights and sound, with this wide-ranging module crossing over constantly and fluidly in the run up to the production. Anyone who attended last year’s production will know what a success it was, but it is what happens behind the scenes, with the progressive growth of the group as a whole and the overwhelmingly positive bonding experience it creates, that really sets this module apart. Auditions will take place and the on-stage cast list will be limited but we will always aim to ensure as many people can be involved in some facet of the production. Only 12 students did not take part in the musical this year in some facet.


Go Kart Making:

The Red Bull Soapbox Challenge is coming to Temple Carrig. Have you ever watched the Red Bull Soapbox Challenge and taught you could do better? Have you a great idea for a car design? Do you have a need for speed? If so, this course is made for you. Students must design and build a soapbox car made from materials they scavenge. Fuelled by nothing but sheer courage and the force of gravity. This unique, non-motorised racing event, challenges students to design and build outrageous soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race on Temple Carrig Hill.


Good Food:

This module will focus on students learning basic culinary and nutritional skills by making versatile recipes for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, desserts, and bread. It is designed for students who have not studied Home Economics at Junior Certificate Level, as well as those who have, to develop transferable culinary skills.


Short Courses



The aim of this course is to develop skills in the following areas; Problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical reasoning, Performance, acting & confidence, Physical dexterity. Most weeks will include the following; Card skills, an illusion, performance & analysis, viewing clips from professional magicians and analysing them to work out how they are done. Learning new tricks to perform at home, development of a stage illusion for performance, next week’s trick (a trick is performed at the end and students try to work out how it was done before it is taught the following week). 


Introduction to Coding:

In this TY module, students will gain an insight into studying computer science.  The course will instill confidence in working with technology, foster creativity, curiosity and collaboration. Throughout the course, students will have available a mixture of online and in-class lessons that emphasize hands-on coding.  Students will learn how to code by working in a real software development environment to design, program and publish mobile apps and games. 


TY Jewellery Making

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the various materials and techniques used in making different types of jewelry. They will also be led through the process of creating and selling pieces and collections. Students will make: Set pieces of costume jewelry using wire, beads and findings, three types of friendship bracelet using knotting techniques from around the world, 3D jewelry pieces using a threading technique with seed beads, their own beads using Victorian Salt Clay, Cold Porcelain and paper. Students will learn about: Managing the production process from initial concept through to presentation and sale, semi-precious and precious stones, the use of jewelry in culture. As the class moves into the musical the focus will shift to stage makeup; Prosthetics, Aging, contouring and much more.




Creative Photography:

 “The best camera is the one you always have with you”. This module will provide opportunities for students to develop their knowledge of photography and develop their creative and visual skills. This course teaches students critical thinking skills, the visual language of photography, and pushes them to explore their personal interests in photography as they develop ideas, execute, refine, and critique them. Students will be introduced to the tools necessary to capture great images and edit them through digital imaging.


Indoor Games:

If the word “school” derives from the Greek word “Schola” meaning “Learning for Life”, surely one of the best things we can teach TCG students is a range of classic games which they can enjoy and become proficient at over the course of their lives. In this module, students will learn several well-known and classic indoor games including: Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Backgammon, Catan, Risk, Cryptic Crosswords. The course will suit students who are intellectually curious and happy to stretch themselves academically. It will be quite demanding and if you choose it, you need to be ready for this. 


Chinese Cultural Studies:

This course explores not just the practicing of the Chinese language but also its culture and heritage. Mixing a traditional language learning environment with classes on Chinese writing, cooking, traditional clothing and much more, this module has been a huge hit this year.


Personal Interests


Practice in Enterprise (PIE):

The aim of this course is for students to research, create and bring a business idea to life. Students will be taken through the process of developing a business plan and bringing a business idea to market. Students will invest money at the start and aim to make a profit. A proportion of all profits made will be given to a charity and TY funding. 60% Students/ 20% Charity/ 20% TY Funding.


Arts & Crafts:

This course gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of specific skills related to art and to further develop their artistic skills. This course will cover aspects of art, craft, and design providing students with plenty of scope to be creative and original. To develop through structured practical work the students’ aesthetic sensibilities and powers of critical appraisal, appreciation, and evaluation, and to enhance the student’s qualities of imagination and creativity.  This course will be an excellent stepping stone for those thinking about choosing Art for Leaving Cert.


Film Studies & Production:

In this module, students will learn how to craft a short movie from start to finish. Looking at concepts of genres, storyboarding, script writing and supervision, shot selection, mise en scène, editing, and post-production. Students will identify these characteristics in classic and modern movies and apply their newly learned techniques to their own short piece. Film Studies aims to develop students’ aesthetic, critical and communicative skills, as well as helping them to understand the film-making process in a wider context and empowering them to become critical and active viewers. In their viewing and subsequent study and discussion of these films, they will be introduced to the techniques of film making and the cultural context of their settings.


Food Technology:

This module will be a mixture of theory and practical application of Food Technology. Students will research a range of the scientific properties and principles relating to the macronutrients and food preservation. They will then demonstrate and evaluate these properties with appropriate recipes. For example, demonstrating gelatinisation, a property of starch, by making profiteroles. The assessment will follow a similar structure to the Food Studies Journal work at Leaving Certificate.


Furniture Design:

This course equips students with the essential skills of furniture design and making. The course is based heavily on a practical ethos, with a large emphasis on project work. Initially in the classes, students will carry out research into existing projects. They will use this research to carry out their own design process using the tools in the woodwork workshop. Each student will have the opportunity to develop skills, so they can produce their own pieces of furniture. Students are encouraged to work independently and in groups to complete their own uniquely designed furniture.



Students will develop skills on an instrument previously studied or learn a new instrument in a relaxed music classroom environment. They will work on individual skill building in their chosen instrument and will perform pop songs as a band. This course is designed to develop the voice through solo and group performing activities. They will learn how to read music, harmonise and how to use a microphone. They will each record a solo track at the end of the course in the Recording Studio.



Applied Academics


Applied Maths:

In this TY module, students will gain an insight into the Leaving Cert subject of Applied Maths.  It is a fascinating subject which deals with solving real-life problems using mathematical models. It overlaps with both the Mathematics course as well as the Physics course. Applied Maths will instill skills which will last a lifetime; how to analyse a problem, how to represent the problem mathematically, how to solve the maths, and then how to interpret your answer so that it makes sense when applied to real-life situations. In TY we will cover areas such as Simpson’s Rule and Accelerated Motion amongst others. 



The Architecture course is a study of the built environment. It is a study of architecture in the wider context and is designed to develop the students’ technical and creative skills. Students will learn how the manipulation of shapes, forms, space, colour and light can change an environment. Students will learn how to draw architectural site plans. This is a practical hands-on course exploring various aspects of modelling & construction making. Students will learn how to create a model of their design with various materials and tools. On completion of project students will present their work.


Gene Technology:

Gene technology will involve a range of activities aimed at developing students’ understanding of the role of genes in living things, how genes are expressed, and how they account for variation in living things. Through a series of laboratory activities, students will learn the techniques involved in gene modification, genes transfer, and how organisms can be genetically engineered to have new traits. Activities will include DNA fingerprinting and transforming bacteria with jellyfish DNA that makes them fluoresce.


Introduction to Law & Politics:

This module will first and foremost aim to engage students in the workings of the law system here in Ireland. It will give students an overview to the pillars and mechanisms of law in Irish society. As part of this module, students will become immersed in the practical workings of the law through interactive practical lessons such as mock trials, scenario-based role plays, and collaborative student led project work. This module is designed to give students the tools to practically engage and experience the law in a fun, informative and interactive manner. The study of politics is a crucial part of the modern world, especially in this time of great uncertainty and shifting political alliances not only within nations but also between nations. This course will look at both politics in Ireland and across the world. The main political arguments and conflicts that exists in this world will also be covered. We will also be looking at the different ways in which governments work and represent their people, within Ireland, across Europe and the World The class will be mainly conducted through the medium of in class discussions and debates on the various topics in each class.


Product Design:

Are you a dreamer, a thinker and a problem solver? Do you like a creative challenge? Would you enjoy making things that improve the quality of people’s lives? In product design students will engage on a critical analysis of an existing product. They will compare and contrast how the product has evolved over time to develop a deep understanding of the product. Finally students will design their own product based around their own personal interests. This product will be designed using a 3D drawing package so students will get a realistic view of how the product would turn out.


Sports & Nutrition:

The importance of the link between sport, food and human health is becoming increasingly evident and students need to recognise and understand the link between each area. The course is going to encompass several elements including health, nutrition and physical fitness. It will provide students with the knowledge of the composition of food and nutrition and how it affects an individual’s personal well-being.


The World of Business:

This course is designed as an introduction to the three Leaving Certificate subjects. Students DO NOT need prior knowledge to enrol. Business; Understanding the world of work. We will create an understanding of what the working world entails. Covering responsibilities of employer/employee, interview technique, wages and personal tax. This module will be linked with work experience placements. Accountancy; Understanding the basic concepts of accountancy and how it is applied to a set of accounts. During the module the students will be introduced to double entry book keeping and how to apply this to a set of accounts for Temple Carrig School. Economics; Understanding fundamental economic concepts. Through the use of film, students will apply these concepts to real world scenarios.


Classical Studies:

A course delving into the mythical world of Roman and Greek tales. Looking at the key texts which define this era and the history behind them. An active learning experience will accompany this course with role playing, theatre, gaming and design all standing out in this interactive module. It will be a direct link to the Leaving Certificate course for anyone interested in taking it up.

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