St Brendans College Killarney

Level 2 Learning Programme (L2LP)

As part of the new Junior Cycle, schools can now include programmes called Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LPs) designed for a small number of students with particular special educational needs. L2LPs are suited to students with general learning disabilities in the higher functioning moderate and low functioning mild categories.

The special needs of these students is such as to prevent them from accessing some or all of the subjects and short courses on offer at junior cycle that are broadly aligned with Level 3 NFQ.

Such students may be attending either a mainstream school 1:1 or a special school. It should be noted that most students with general learning disabilities should be able to access most, if not all, subjects and short courses through differentiated teaching, learning and assessment.

Varied use of resource allocation such as team-teaching, small group and individual withdrawal, may also facilitate ease of access to subjects and short courses. L2LPs build on prior learning but are essentially designed around priority learning units (PLUs) that focus on the social, personal and pre-vocational skills that prepare students for further study and for work.

Typically, one or two students would avail of L2LPs in a mainstream school.

Level 2 Learning Programmes and Priority Learning Units (PLUs) for life. 

Five PLUs, that are broadly aligned with Level 2 of the NFQ, have been developed by the NCCA in:

  • Communication and Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Personal Care
  • Living in a Community
  • Preparing for Work.


For more information, click on the following link: –

L2LPs | Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT)