In April 2017, the points system changed. In 2021 students sitting the Leaving Certificate have the choice to sit the written exam in June 2021 or get an accredited grade from the State Examination Commission (SEC) or both. Students registered their preference through the Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP). The Portal closed on 30 April 2021.
If a student opts for both the written exam and an accredited grade in a subject, the best grade is recorded in the Leaving Certificate results.
Students will get Leaving Certificate 2021 results within the required timeframe for Central Applications Office (CAO) and Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
The current CAO points system is as follows:
Maths Bonus Points
25 bonus points will be awarded for Higher Level Mathematics for H6 grades and above. For example, if an applicant receives a H6 grade an additional 25 points will be added to the 46 points already awarded for a H6 grade i.e. Higher Level Mathematics now carries a points score of 71 for this applicant. Click here to view a more detailed description of the Bonus Points Scheme for Higher Level Leaving Certificate Mathematics, with some examples.
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
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Accompanying conditions for CAO: