This Leaving Certificate Art specification requires that learners engage with practical art work on an ongoing basis throughout the course. In addition, the assessment involves a written component, which accounts for 30% of the total marks awarded. The emphasis on practical activities may have implications for learners with physical/medical/sensory and/or specific learning difficulties. In this context, the scheme of Reasonable Accommodations, operated by the State Examinations Commission, is designed to assist learners in the Leaving Certificate who have physical/medical/sensory and/or specific learning difficulties.
Reasonable accommodations are designed to remove as far as possible the impact of a disability on a candidate’s performance, so that he or she can demonstrate in an examination his or her level of achievement—they are not designed to compensate for a possible lack of achievement arising from a disability.
Applications for reasonable accommodations are considered within a published framework of principles (Expert Advisory Group Report, January 2000) and are submitted by the school which a candidate attends on prescribed application forms. Applications are normally invited one year in advance of the examination concerned.