The Transition Year is a year between the end of the Junior Certificate and the beginning of the Leaving Certificate. The mission of Transition Year is to promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of the students. Transition Year does not have a fixed curriculum; each school designs its own programme to meet the particular need of its students. One of the main benefits of Transition Year is that by sampling a wide range of subject areas students can make more informed choices about the kind of Leaving Certificate Programme they may wish to follow.
There is no formal examination at the end of Transition Year, school-based forms of assessment are recommended. Employers are generally very supportive of the benefits of the Transition Year to students. It actively forces links with employers in the local community through work experience which is assessed by an employer.