All you need to know about the Leaving Cert.

Q. What’s the best way for my son / daughter to access Leaving Cert Results?

A. Some students prefer to be with their peers when they have received their Leaving Cert results from the school. Others prefer to access their results in private and / or electronically, or with a discreet family or other supportive presence close by.

Q.How do we calculate points on Leaving Cert Results?

A. If you own a smart phone it is advisable to download a points calculator – it will make life a lot easier for you all. Remember that points are calculated from the MARKS ON STUDENT’S SIX BEST SUBJECTS ONLY. In the excitement – this can occasionally be overlooked.

Points Calculation Grid:

High Level Grade

H1 - 100 points
H2 - 88 points
H3 - 77 points
H4 - 66 points
H5 - 56 points
H6 - 46 points
H7 - 37 points
H8 - 0 points

Ordinary Level Grade

O1 - 56 points
O2 - 46 points
O3 - 37 points
O4 - 28 points
O5 - 20 points
O6 - 12 points
O7 - 0 points
O8 - 0 points

Points are awarded for LCVP as follows: Distinction 70, Merit 50 and Pass 30

Q. How does the Bonus Points for Maths work?

A. 25 bonus points for Maths will be awarded to all students that sit and pass the Higher Level paper. EG:

  • HD3 (45 points) + bonus (25 points) = 70 points
  • HA1 (100 points) + bonus (25 points) = 125 points

Q. How do you cope with a disappointing Leaving Cert?

A. The completion of the Leaving Cert is a successful milestone in its own right and whatever the outcome, this is a day for congratulations, celebrating achievement and the success of completion. The Leaving Cert can go wrong for lots of reasons but it’s important at this time to keep the focus on looking forward to the next stage of the young person’s career or education.

For those who are disappointed with the results, there is always the option of the appeals process, but there are plenty of alternatives also open to you.

If you are considering repeating the Leaving Cert ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did you apply yourself enough?
  • Did you have a good routine?
  • Did you have good study habits?
  • Were you organised?
  • Did you spend too much time with your friends? On Facebook? Twitter? Online?
  • Did you only start studying seriously too late? Did you take levels that were too hard for you?
  • Did you feel stressed out?
  • Did you feel unwell?
  • Did you eat and sleep well and take care of yourself?
  • Do you get any pleasure from academic success?
  • Did you put yourself under too much pressure?
  • Is study for you?
  • Do you even want to go to college?
  • Do you want to try again?
  • How motivated are you to achieve academically?

It is important to analyse your previous approach to your studies in order to prevent it happening again in the next phase of your life no matter what pathway you choose.

Q. So what are your options?

A. There are so many ways to get to your destination that are often overlooked.

While the Leaving Cert is an important end of school exam and does open doors to other options it may not be the only way to directly secure that college place or gain the training you require. If you are considering repeating make sure you really want to and are committed to the study necessary as you don’t want to feel like this again next year.

If you have passed your Leaving and are disappointed with your results consider some of the following different options:

  • FETAC (PLC) courses – huge variety of courses, many facilitate access to universities and Institutes the following year.
  • Work – on the job training such as the banks, airlines, retail
  • Private colleges – entry requirements can be lower, fees can be claimed against tax.
  • Online/distance/open university education courses – including degrees (check out open university, DCU etc)
  • SOLAS (FAS) – Registering for training
  • Sponsored free degree by employer (e.g. LIDL, includes salary, holidays, healthcare)
  • Apprenticeship – e.g. ESB, motor, electrical
  • Part-time study – evenings, weekends
  • Defence forces – Gardai, Army, Navy
  • Private courses with professional recognition
  • Modular study – building up to a full award over time
  • Study abroad – check out UCAS clearing, Eunicas
  • Entrepreneurship – Set up your own business; contact your local enterprise board
  • Become a blogger, freelance journalist, photographer, artist, musician, DJ
  • Become an air-traffic controller (2 years training, can earn over 80K)
  • Travel – Spend a year abroad working with a charity or teach English abroad
  • Wait! – Consider returning to education at 23 as a mature student
  • Diversify – Consider doing a degree now and applying for a post grad diploma or degree in your chosen field such as medicine, teaching, veterinary, psychology
  • Get advice – Talk to your Guidance Counsellor
  • Avail of supports – Ring the NPC helpline for guidance 1800265125