Transition Year

Bridging the Future

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama


Transition Year in Oatlands College is an one year programme between Junior and Senior cycles. It helps to lay a solid foundation for Leaving Certificate studies in an original, engaging and stimulating way as well as introducing students to an array of new experiences. Transition Year facilitates the maturation of young people at a critical stage in their development. It is a vibrant and creative programme offering students an opportunity to develop and mature academically, socially and culturally.

It is a unique one year programme tailored to meet the needs of our students who have completed the Junior Certificate. It provides a bridge to enable them to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with the Junior Certificate to the more independent learning environment associated with the Senior cycle. It encourages personal and social development and recognises the need for students to grow in independence.
Students are offered the opportunity to:

  • To provide students with the skills necessary to develop their talents and abilities
  • o encourage students to become more independent and to recognise the responsibility that comes with greater freedom
  • To help students understand their educational needs and to encourage confidence and motivation for Leaving Certificate

Transition Year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Certificate programme, further study and adult and working life. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of TY?

To promote maturity:

  • Maturity in studies by making students more self-directed learners through the development of general, technical and academic skills
  • Maturity in relation to work and careers by developing work-related skills
  • Personal maturity by providing opportunities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility
  • Social maturity by developing greater ‘people’ skills and more awareness of the world outside school
  • Maturity that will help the student make a more informed choice of subject for their Leaving Certificate studies

Is TY suited to all students?

With its emphasis on development and maturity, all young people can benefit from the programme. Transition Year in particular, can allow for the development of an individual’s multiple intelligences-linguistic, logico-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist.

Transition Year Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Irish
  • French

Transition Year Activities

  • Gaisce Presidents Award



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