Most Senior Cycle students choose the established Leaving Certificate programme. This 2-year programme covers a wide range of subjects.
Subjects are normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level. Irish and Mathematics can be studied at Foundation Level. Foundation Level is geared to the needs of students who might have difficulty with subjects at Ordinary or Higher Level.
The Department of Education has published the assessment arrangements for Leaving Certificate 2023.
Senior Cycle and Leaving Certificate reform
The Department of Education has announced plans to reform the Senior Cycle and Leaving Certificate. Some schools will be invited to become pilot schools. You can read about changes to the Senior Cycle.
Leaving Certificate 2022
The results of Leaving Certificate 2022 were released through the Candidate Self-Service Portal (CCSP) on 2 September 2022.
The SEC has published detailed Candidate Information Guide to Results and Appeals and a Candidate Information Guide to your Results by Subject which provides detailed subject by subject information.
CAO round one offers were made on Thursday, 8 September 2022. CAO offers end on 13 October 2022.
Applying to view your script
Viewing your script
Viewing of scripts ended 11 September 2022.
If your subject was manually marked, you got a viewing time at your school on Saturday, 10 September 2022. The SEC published details about manually marked subjects in the Candidate Information Guide to Results and Appeals.
If you are not happy about your results you could appeal your results. The appeals process is closed.
Deferred Leaving Certificate exams
In 2022, deferred Leaving Certificate exams ran from 30 June 2022 to 16 July 2022 for students affected by:
- COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19
- Family bereavement
- Serious medical condition – accident, injury or illness
Leaving Certificate subjects and assessment
Marking system for examination grades
The examination scale has 8 grades, the highest grade is Grade 1 and the lowest grade is Grade 8.
The 8-point grading scale replaced the 14-point scale at both Higher and Ordinary levels in 2017.
Marks between 100% and 30% are divided into seven grade bands (1-7). Each band is 10% wide.
The scheme means that the Common Points Scale used by the CAO to determine entry into higher education institutions, was also revised in 2017. You can read more on transition.ie.
|New grades*||% Marks|
|H1/O1||90 - 100|
|H2/O2||80 < 90|
|H3/O3||70 < 80|
|H4/O4||60 < 70|
|H5/O5||50 < 60|
|H6/O6||40 < 50|
|H8/O8||0 < 30|
*Grades at Higher level are prefixed with H. Grades at Ordinary level are prefixed with O.
Marking system (2015/16)
|90% or over||A1|
|85% but less than 90%||A2|
|80% but less than 85%||B1|
|75% but less than 80%||B2|
|70% but less than 75%||B3|
|65% but less than 70%||C1|
|60% but less than 65%||C2|
|55% but less than 60%||C3|
|50% but less than 55%||D1|
|45% but less than 50%||D2|
|40% but less than 45%||D3|
|25% but less than 40%||E|
|10% but less than 25%||F|
|Less than 10%||No grade|
Leaving Certificate exam fees
In 2022, there was no exam fee for the Leaving Certificate and there was no fee to sit the deferred Leaving Certificate exams.
Getting a copy of your old Leaving Certificate results
You may be asked for evidence that you have completed State examinations when you apply for a job or for further education. It is always useful to have a copy of your results as well as the original Certificate, especially if you plan to work or study outside Ireland.
The State Examinations Commission can give you a certified statement of your results.