Transition Year Overview

“The Transition Year programme aims to promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of students and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society”.

The emphasis in Transition Year is on self-directed learning and the curriculum attempts to provide breadth and balance in an attempt to cater for the students’ varied interests and potential. The year is designed and intended to provide a bridge to help students make the transition from a highly structured and exam-orientated environment to one where they will take greater responsibility for their own learning and decision-making.

During Transition Year we aim to utilise a wide variety of approaches to teaching and learning, including activity-based learning, group work, project work and educational trips.

Orientation to and preparation for adult working life is a major consideration in the Transition Year Programme. The promotion of life skills, including social and Christian awareness and increased social competence, is made possible by extending learning experiences beyond the classroom.

The overall aims of Transition Year are:

  • Education for maturity, with an emphasis on social awareness and increased social competence.
  • Education through 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 inter-disciplinary and self-directed learning.