For students who wish to pursue a more practical course at Senior Cycle St Louis provides the LCA programme as required.
This is a two year programme like the standard Leaving Cert, but classes are capped at 14 and the emphasis is on preparing students for the world of work, and much of the work is done in the form of assignment. Each girl is assigned her own computer for the two years.
Subjects taken include English and Communications, Maths, Languages (Spanish in 5th year and Irish in 6th year), Leisure and Recreation, Childcare and Community Care, Hotel Catering and Tourism, Religion, Social Education, Vocational Preparation (including Guidance), and IT.
An essential element of the LCA programmes is work experience and the girls have the opportunity to go out for four two week work sessions. These have proven invaluable and many of the girls go on to make careers in areas they might never have chosen without that experience.