Leaving Certificate

Introduction

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

The Department of Education publishes syllabus and curriculum information. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment provides a list of Leaving Certificate subjects.

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.

Grading scale for Leaving Certificate from 2017
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
H7/O7 30 <40
H8/O8 0 < 30

*Grades at Higher level are prefixed with H. Grades at Ordinary level are prefixed with O.

Marking system (2015/16)

Percentage Range Grade
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.

Further information

State Examinations Commission

Cornamaddy
Athlone
Westmeath
Ireland

Tel: (090) 644 2700
Fax: (090) 644 2744
Page edited: 4 October 2022