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Transition Year (TY) is the perfect time for sampling subjects that might appeal to pupils to study for their Leaving Certificates, such as technology and business studies, languages, science and society. It’s also an opportunity to revise areas of study where students have a weakness, such as Maths.
For learners who would like science classes to be more practical and applicable to everyday life, or for those who would rather look at the stars than gaze through the lens of a microscope, Transition Year science can be a gift. With a focus on looking at areas not normally covered at school, anything from food to farming may be on the books. With TY science, there is time and space for exploring and investigating concepts and problems. That often includes looking at the links between society and science, such as energy and the environment. Alison’s courses include a wealth of options for the environmentalists of the future.Some key concepts
With languages, TY and Alison create space for pupils to delve deeper into the lifestyles and cultures of the people whose native tongue may have been merely an exam topic up until this point. Both reading and writing skills can improve as they look at different aspects of life in other countries. Another option is introducing a subject that is not on the school curriculum to give young people a completely fresh perspective on learning a language. With new courses and languages being added to Alison regularly, our range is constantly expanding.
IT, or Information Technology, is the backbone of the modern classroom and Transition Year is the ideal time to develop skills in this area. Alison has a vast range of courses that can enhance pupils’ knowledge of computers, from keyboard skills to software programmes that will support their learning. Here they can learn how to touch type, a useful skill for life, along with word-processing and using spreadsheets and databases. They can gain a grasp of computer graphics and computer-aided design (CAD), which is extremely useful for anyone planning a career in architecture or engineering, and they can master some in-demand skills for presenting their work well.Some key concepts
Transition Year maths aims to help pupils identify and investigate practical everyday problems, boosting their confidence in the subject. Applying maths to household finances or to weights and measures makes the subject relatable for pupils in mixed-ability classes. The year also offers an opportunity for reinforcing learning around problem areas such as geometry and teachers are able to explore aspects of maths from different angles than they might in an exam class. Pupils can also learn useful software programs, such as spreadsheets and statistical graphs, and discover how to solve problems using models.Some key concepts