The Transition Year is an optional one-year educational programme for students who have completed the Junior Certificate.

It offers students a wide range of learning experiences aimed at contributing to personal development, social awareness and work-related learning.

The Transition Year Programme promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society. It helps pupils make the transition from Junior Cycle to Senior Cycle as effectively as possible.

The majority of the classes in TY are blocked. The TY students are following 5 different subject option lines as well as their core subjects this year. The option lines rotate 2 or 3 times a year. Transition Year students go on work-experience every Wednesday in the local community.

A focus on careers during the year helps students to investigate their future and determine the goals needed to secure their future. Students go on work experience one day per week throughout the year to give them an insight into the world of work. The students follow the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Safe Food programmes. Guest speakers and activities are arranged during the year including outdoor pursuits, gaisce awards, BT Young Scientist Exhibition, Junk Kouture, AIB Build A Bank Challenge, first aid, craft fair, coaching courses, Song School and mentoring by Donegal Enterprise Board.

The Transition Year Programme in Deele College uses a wide range of teaching and learning methodologies which give the students the opportunity to develop maturity and self-confidence. They get to try out different areas of study before finally choosing option subjects for the Leaving Certificate.