Transition Year Programme (TYP)

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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/RSE

 Taster Subjects:

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


Specialist Modules:

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

Coding Digital Media Literacy (YMCA)
Diversity Driving Theory
ICT Leadership for Life (Foróige)
Life Skills & Catering Mini Company


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)
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)

TY Contract

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

Work Experience

Work Experience has moved online for 2021 – full details here.

Online Portfolio

Students will use Microsoft Teams to complete their coursework in school and at home. More information regarding Microsoft Teams is available here.

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