Transition Year

The Transition Year Programme in Form IV acts as a bridge between the teacher led type of learning associated with Junior Cycle and the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle.

Core Subjects

All students study core curriculum subjects, including English, Mathematics, Irish and a Modern European Language of their choice.

Choice Subjects

Students get the opportunity to sample the choice subjects which they are considering for Senior Cycle, over three twelve-week periods.

Non-Academic Subjects

Students participate in Physical Education, a Social, Personal and Health Education Programme, a Careers Programme, GAISCE and Outdoor Pursuits.

Students are enabled to make the transition from the teacher led type of learning associated with Junior Cycle to the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle.

The aim of the Transition Year Programme is to promote the personal, emotional, social, aesthetic, vocational and educational development of students and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society. At Villiers, there is a strong emphasis on guiding students towards taking responsibility for their own learning. Active and experimental learning strategies help students to develop a range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills, enabling students to broaden their educational experiences beyond the classroom.

Transition Year also offers a variety of non-exam subjects, or Modules, which offer an alternative from the traditional academic subjects.

Modules vary from year to year with staff introducing new innovations all the time. Modules include subjects such as Car Maintenance, Driving Theory, Enterprise, Origami, Junk Kouture, Aberdeen Angus Schools Competition, Green Schools, Gardening, Photography, Yoga, Pilates, etc. Modules give students the opportunity to work as part of a team, practice their organisational skills, develop public speaking expertise, increase confidence and offer other personal development opportunities.

“Transition Year in Villiers is truly one of the best years of being a student. You get the opportunity to mature and develop in a safe environment. Students approach work differently than how they would have previously for the Junior Cert."
Amy, Ireland
“TY is a nice opportunity to come from another country to Ireland and to study here even just for one year. I recommend taking part in everything, because it is so much fun and all these activities brought us together. We made new friends. TY is unforgettable.”
Valeriia, Russia
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