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2017 school leavers to need higher marks in key subjects

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/08/2016. 2017 school leavers to need higher marks in key subjectsTags: Parenting Teachers

The Leaving Cert students of 2017 will be the first to receive their results under the new grading systems being introduced for the Leaving Certificate and CAO points system next year.

The changes will see traditional ABC grades being replaced by a new scale going from H1 to H7 at higher level and O1-O7 at ordinary level. The new grades will cover a stretch of 10 percentage points - eg 50pc-59pc on a higher level paper will be a H5, while 40pc-49pc will be a H6.

While it is hoped that the new system will be fairer in that it will minimise random selection for third level entry, which can be a source of huge frustration for students and their families, it will also mean that some students will need to achieve higher marks in key subjects in order to be eligible for certain courses.

The changes arise because of the new bandwith in the grading system. For example, where a mark of 55pc at higher level is the current minimum, colleges had to make a decision on whether to lower that to 50pc, a H5, or to raise it to 60pc, a H4.

Colleges are expected to release their new requirements for 2017 in the coming weeks. However UCD has already published details of the changes required for it’s entrants which can be viewed on it’s website when you view individual courses. In UCD for example, entrants to engineering to achieve a minimum H5 in science, up from the current higher level D3, (40pc-45pc), which means students will have to score at least an extra 10pc.

However, some students will see a lowering in the minimum requirements such as in veterinary medicine in UCD and pharmacy in UCC, both of which will accept a H5 in chemistry from 2017, instead of the existing higher level C3.

So if you have a son or daughter sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2017, keep a close on the requirements to be published by colleges in the coming weeks as students may have to review the minimum entry requirements they need for their preferred CAO courses.


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