Maynooth Community College

Transition Year


Transition Year Information

Transition Year Programme in Maynooth Education Campus

Transition Year is a bridge between Junior and Senior Cycle. Transition Year is suitable for students who are:

  • Willing to participate. We expect all students to try everything offered to them. They may not like everything but they are expected to participate.
  • Trustworthy and independent.
  • Willing and able to ask for help when required.

If your child is shy or timid then TY is for them too. Most students develop in confidence and maturity over the year.

Students become more socially aware. Local and national issues are explored: Care of the Elderly or People with Special Needs, Homelessness, Mental Health organisations, Charitable organisations, etc.

TY Core and Modular Subjects

The subjects which are offered for the year 2017/2018 are shown below:










Home Skills

World of Science

Personal Development

Religious Education

Leisure and Recreation [PE]

Computer Applications

Local Studies

Work Organisation


Work Experience

Work experience takes place every Wednesday.

  • Session 1: From the first Wednesday in September until the Wednesday before the Christmas holidays.
  • Session 2: From the Wednesday after February Midterm break until the Wednesday before The Transition Year End of Year Celebration in May. It is the student’s responsibility to find work placements. Students on work placement are covered by school insurance.
  • Work Experience every Wednesday from 6th September to 20th December and from 21st February to 16th May.
  • There will be no Wednesday work experience placements during the 6-week Musical module after Christmas until February Midterm break. Each student must participate.

Student Assessment

Assessment is carried out in various ways, including:

  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Reviews
  • Subject Assessment tests

It is important to note that assessments may be in written or oral form.

Transition Year Credit System 2017-2018

There is a credit system in place to monitor participation, attendance and behaviour. This credit system is fundamental to student certification at the end of the school year. Each student will be given 200 credits at the beginning of the year. It will be the student’s responsibility to keep them. The break down for the credit system is detailed below:

  • Participation [75 Credits]
  • 8 core subjects: 6 credits each for Irish, English, Maths, European Language, Computers, Science, Leisure & Recreation, Enterprise= 48 credits. 4 credits each for RE, Local Studies & Work Organisation = 12 credits. 5 module subjects: 3 credits each = 15 credits.
  • Class teachers will award these credits. [Attendance, participation, cooperation, completion of homework/tasks/projects]

  • Attendance/Behaviour [25 Credits]
  • Out of class without permission = 3 credits lost
  • Detention = 5 credits lost
  • Suspension = 10 credits lost
  • Not signed up to Edmodo for communication = 10 credits lost
  • Please note Year Heads will assess these credits.

  • Portfolio [50 Credits]

To be submitted on Thursday 14th December 2017 [25 credits] and on Thursday 10th May 2018 [25 credits]

  • Work Experience Journal [50 Credits]

To be submitted on Thursday 14th December 2017 [25 credits] and on Thursday 10th May 2018 [25 credits]

Please note the Class tutor will assess these credits.

Student Certification

At the end of the year students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion as follows:

  • Distinction = 185 – 200 Credits
  • Honours = 160 - 184 Credits
  • Merit = 121 – 159 Credits
  • Pass = 80 – 120 Credits

Students will be awarded their certificates in alphabetical order class group by class group at the TY End of Year Celebration.

The TY End of Year Celebration will take place on Tuesday 22nd May, from 4.15pm until 6.45pm.

Kathleen O’Leary Award for Excellence in Transition Year

A number of students will receive this award in addition to their Certificate of Completion. Only students in the Distinction category will be eligible for one of these awards.

Transition Year Payment

Transition Year is a self-financing programme. An advance payment of €401.50 is required [€1.50 is the charge on the Way2Pay system].

This money is spent on daytrips, workshops, speakers etc. All events are pre-booked and most are pre-paid.

Examples of Workshops/Activities: Driving, Eat Well Live Well, Law Day, Kairos: making a TV talk show, Createschool, Visit from National Reptile Zoo and Personal Safety.

Examples of Daytrips: Causey Farm, Christmas Panto, Dublin Zoo, Roller skating and Celtic Adventures.

24 2020
October Mid Term Break
02 2020
School Reopens After Midterm Break
16 2020
Teaching & Learning Week
19 2020
6th Year Parent Teacher Meeting
Maynooth Community College
Moyglare Road,
Co. Kildare,
W23 HC66,

01 628 6060

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