Catholic University School

Transition Year

Transition Year is an integral part of student life in CUS.


Transition Year is divided up into three modules.  This allows the students have experience of all aspects of Transition Year, both curricular and extra curricular.  The students get an introduction to subjects they may wish to pursue for their Leaving Certificate, for example all three business subjects, three science subjects, history, geography, classical studies, etc.  In additional to the core subjects there is a vast range of other options for the students to become involved in.

CUS St Vincent de Paul a registered charity which assists needy families over the Christmas period.  Transition Year students co-ordinate the yearly campaign which involves the entire school community.  The Transition Year students must elect a committee to oversee the collection of food and money and the allocation of funds.


Students in CUS are actively encouraged to become involved in the Young Scientist competition and have won a number of commendations.  Transition Year is an ideal year for students to become involved in a competition such as this.

Students are also involved in the AIB Get Up and Go Mini Company and CUS have had great success over the last number of years.

Each year a large number of our students participate in the Gaisce President’s Award, which is something the students find very challenging and rewarding.


To help develop the social awareness of the students, Transition Year students in CUS are involved in a number of initiatives including visiting the elderly in the Royal Hospital and helping in the homeless shelter run by the Capauchins.  All of these projects have proved very helpful in developing the boys’ social awareness.  The annual TY retreat, a bonding experience for the TY group, gives the boys an opportunity for some reflection.


The boys are also involved in the Student Enterprise Programme.  In previous years teams who progressed to the school final went on to represent the school in the Leinster finals.


There is opportunity for the students to complete a First Aid Course under the direction of the Red Cross and to take the Microsoft  Certification exams.


Martial arts, drama and art are all offered for one afternoon per week, allowing students an opportunity to increase both their fitness and creativity levels.


There are  a number of trips organised during Transition Year including a history/classical studies trip and a ski trip in February.