Transition Year Programme (TYP)

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This information is specific to incoming students – TY Programme 2023-2024

Transition Year is an optional one-year school programme in the North Monastery Co-educational Secondary.

The purpose of Transition Year within our school is:

  • to place emphasis on personal development including social awareness and increased social competence.
  • to promote general, technical, and academic skills with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-destructed learning
  • to give our students a learning experience of adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.

Key Skills

Throughout the TY year, students will develop the following skills:

  • Information processing
  • Being personally effective
  • Communicating
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Working with others
  • Wellbeing

Subjects/Modules (2023-2024):

In the North Monastery Co-educational Secondary School, our TY programme provides a wide range of subjects which change. At the end of each school year, we review and update the selection of subjects/modules offered. Subject to change.

Core Subjects:

Gaeilge English
Maths MFL (French/Spanish/German)
World Religions Physical Education
Career Guidance Wellbeing/RSE

 Taster Subjects:

Art Biology
Business Chemistry
Engineering Technology Geography
History Music
Politics and Society Computer Science


Specialist Modules:

Throughout the TY year, students are offered the opportunity to take part in a number of specialist modules.

Coding GAA Leadership Programme
Diversity Leadership for Life (Foróige)
Life Skills & Catering
BT Young Scientist


Assessment is a key part of Transition Year within our school,  it gives our students an opportunity to move beyond the narrow focus of end-of-year, written exams. The emphasis is on varied and on-going assessment with students themselves becoming involved in diagnosing their own learning strengths and weaknesses. Project work, portfolio work, and exhibitions of students’ work are an essential part of our programme.

TY Activities:

Our TY students engage in a wide variety of activities during the course of TY  which can vary from year to year (subject to public health), some of these include:

Day Trips Hillwalking
Getting Ready for Work Experience Week (Online) Mental Health Workshops
Social Work Experience Work Experience
Drama Workshops Field Trips (Geography, History, etc.)
Green Flag / Amber Flag / Yellow Flag Outdoor pursuits
Debating / Public Speaking
TY Musical (every second year)

Work Experience 2023/2024

Details to follow…

Work Placement Documentation 

Online Portfolio

Students will make use of both Microsoft Teams and the TY Reflection Journal to monitor their progress throughout the year.

If you have any further queries regarding our Transition Year Programme, please click here.

TY Team (2022-2023)

  • Year Head and TY Coordinator: Ms. L. Harold
  • Work Experience Coordinator: Ms. C. Dunlea