Transition Year Programme (TYP)

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TY Contract 2020-2021: Please download the form here and return it to the school office by September 8th, 2020.

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

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


In the North Monastery 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.

Core Subjects:

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

 Taster Subjects:

Accounting Art, Craft & Design
Biology Physics
Business Chemistry
Geography History
Music Politics & Society
Construction Studies DGC

Specialist Modules:

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

Coding Gaisce
Ecological Science Life skills & Catering
Fundraising / Charity Work Irish Sign Language
Mini Company Digital Media Literacy (YMCA)
Yoga & Meditation Leadership for Life (Foróige)
Driving Theory Teambuilding


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, some of these include:

TY Trip (dependent on the availability of a suitable location, cost and staff)
BT Young Scientist Competition
Careers Exhibitions/Motor Skills 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 Day Trips
TY Musical (every second year) Young Social Innovators

If you have any further queries regarding our Transition Year Programme, please e-mail