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Leaving Certificate Appeals 2020

Leaving Certificate 2020 Appeals Dates

The appeals process will open on 14 September at 9am and students will be able to access it via the Calculated Grades Student Portal. On the same date students will be able to access the subject percentage marks they were awarded by the Calculated Grades process and the estimated percentage marks provided by their schools.

Students will have until 5pm on 16 September to submit an appeal

There will be no fee to appeal a Calculated Grade result.

Appeals Process

It is open to a candidate to appeal his/her calculated grades.

The appeal process will include a three-stage process involving:

  • Checks will be undertaken to ensure that the intended information was recorded correctly by the school and that the information was transferred correctly into the data collection system
  • There will be also be a review to ensure that the data was correctly received and processed in the national standardisation process conducted by the department
  • Students unhappy with the outcome of this process can seek a review by Independent Appeal Scrutineers

Students who remain unhappy with the outcome of the calculated grade awarded will also have the opportunity to sit the 2020 written Leaving Certificate examinations which will commence on 16 November. Further details regarding these examinations will be provided by the State Examinations Commission at a later stage. Students sitting the written examinations who opted to receive Calculated Grades will be credited with the higher subject grade achieved between the Calculated Grade and the written examination. .

Appeal Results

The Department is advising that It is not possible to give guarantees at this stage as to whether students who successfully appeal their Calculated Grades will be able to take up studies in 2020/21. However, where possible, higher education institutions will attempt to facilitate the uptake of places in the academic year 2020/21. The ability for students to take up places will depend in part on the number of appeals received, the nature of the appeal, and the higher education course being applied for.

The appeals scrutineers stage (stage 3) will take longer and successful appeals at that stage will not be completed in time for students to start college in the 2020/21 academic year. Instead they will be able to take a deferred offer for 2021/22

Students who opt to sit the Leaving Certificate examinations at a later stage when it is safe to do so, and who receive an improved CAO offer on foot of these results, will also receive a deferred college offer to start their course in the 2021/22 academic year. If a candidate who has started first year of a course becomes entitled to a higher CAO offer and chooses to accept same in the following academic year, attendance for the first year on the new course would remain eligible for free fees and SUSI funding as appropriate

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