According to careersportal.ie, Transition Year is:
- a time to learn more about yourself
- a time to develop life skills
- Project Management
- Time Management etc.
- a combination of traditional classroom work and activities designed to get you to work with your classmates
- a year to find out what you like; what you’re good at and what your career possibilities may be. The student will gain experiences which in turn will shape their career direction
Reference: The Department of Education and Skills
According to the Department of Education and Skills, the aim or mission of Transition Year is to “promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of pupils and to prepare them for their role as autonomous participants and responsible members of society.”
According to Wikipedia, Transition Year is an optional one year programme that can be taken the year after Junior Certificate in Ireland and it is intended to make the Senior Cycle a 3 year programme.
It was introduced as a pilot programme in 3 schools in 1974 but it later introduced mainstream in 1994. Now more than 30,000 students take the programme in 560 of the students 700 schools.
Schools follow the curriculum laid out by the Department of Education and Science to create their own TY programme. The programme aims to:
- educate for maturity – personal development – social awareness and social competence
- promotion of general, technical and academic skills – emphasis on interdisplinary learning
- education through experience of adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.
- Year to grow
- Stress free of state exams
- chance to learn new subjects
- broad range of learning experiences
- develop new skills, competencies & attitudes