Transition Year

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 Cycle. 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 Cycle. 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 develop their talents and abilities
  • To become more independent and to recognise the responsibility that comes with greater freedom
  • To 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.

Carlingford Adventure Centre

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle


Work Experience

  • Provides Students with the opportunity to gain insight into the day to day operations of a chosen place of employment.
  • This can help students when selecting subject options for Senior Cycle.
  • Students organise these placements themselves.

Gaisce Awards

Transition Year Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Irish
  • French/German
  • History
  • Classical Studies
  • Politics and Society
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Pastoral Care
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Special Olympics
  • Chess
  • Sign Language
  • Evironmental studies
  • Law
  • RSE
  • PE
  • Technology
  • Technical Graphics
  • Home Economics
  • Music
  • Future Leaders GAA Programme
  • Swimming
  • Art
  • Model United Nations
  • First Aid
  • Italian
  • Microsoft Skills
  • Careers
  • SPHE
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Applied Maths

Transition Year Activities

  • Gaisce Presidents Award
  • Musical
  • Foreign Trip
  • Mustard Seed Communities 
  • Barretstown TY Programme
  • Samba Drumming
  • GoQuest
  • The Wall Sandyford
  • Mosaic Project
  • Architecture Module
  • Yoga
  • Skip'n'Rope 
  • SFX Workshop
  • Retreat
  • Jumpzone
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skiing Kilternan
  • Reptile Workshop
  • Modello TY Driving Experience
  • Kayaking

The activities change on an annual basis depending on the interests and feedback from students. 

Musical Theatre