Repeating the Leaving Cert is not an option lightly taken and needs to be thought about carefully. It can be a realistic option, if the points are narrowly missed and the student is very focused and determined, or if their study or examinations were interrupted by personal circumstances. Remember you do not necessarily need to sit the same subjects again.
You also do not have to retake subjects which are specific requirements for particular Colleges or courses, if they are already obtained. It is very important to check up to date course and college requirements before you make decisions on which subjects to repeat. There are a number of options available to students repeating their leaving cert. With a wide range of schools offering repeat leaving cert programs, there is an option at all price levels.
Located in Kerry, Brookfield College offer a full time Leaving Certificate Programme for fifth year, sixth year and repeat students. They offer an intensive one -year programme with expert teaching and guidance as well as regular assessment for repeat leaving certificate students. Fees are approximatley €5,500.
Another popular school among repeat leaving cert students, with much more affordable fees of €300 for the year. With an extensive subject choice menu and small class sizes, Rathmines College prides itself in offering top support to students re-sitting the leaving certificate. Some students may be more suited to studying in Rathmines, as a focus is placed on monitoring attendance and performance of all students.
Founded in 1967, this school is a leading provider of repeat Leaving Cert courses for just €300, PLC, VTOS and Adult Education. They are centrally located in North Dublin on the Swords Road which is well serviced by Dublin Bus.
The popular choice among students who are based in Dublin and are self motivated and driven, as teachers treat students as adults, giving them more freedom and responsibility. Timetables are designed by students to suit their needs, allowing them full control over the subjects they choose. However, the Institute of Education will not suit everyone, as a mature and motivated attitude is essential. Fees are high, at approximately €7,000 for the year.
You may choose to repeat the year in your own school, although some schools do not offer repeat leaving cert programs. Talk to your school about your options as you start to consider repeating your exams.
If you are worried about repeating the leaving cert or need some advice, make sure to talk to a careers guidance counsellor who will be able to help.