Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Leaving Certificate

This year
# Exams
Leaving Cert students ask Foley to keep 'no cliff edge' vow - and avoid clash with Harry Styles gig
Norma Foley has a challenge ahead to keep everyone happy as she aims to reform the Leaving Certificate.
Last year
# Results Day
‘I’m over the moon’: Dublin student gets top mark of 625 in Leaving Certificate
Some 61,000 students opened their Leaving Certificate results today.
# Exams
Delay in issuing Leaving Cert results 'will cause huge levels of additional stress and worry'
The Leaving Cert exam results will be issued on 2 September.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be a moratorium on reporting about the Leaving Cert while it's on?
The State Examinations Commission chief said that media coverage “undoubtedly” contributes to students’ stress during the exams.
# Explainer
Explainer: What changes are being made to the Leaving Certificate?
Major reforms to the Leaving Cert are to be brought in beginning in 2023.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert to go ahead on exams-only basis this year as minister rules out accredited grades
Both the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert are set to go ahead in June.
The Minister for Education said that there would be additional choices within the exams.
She added that grades would be standardised against grades in 2021, to avoid issues with grade inflation.
The Junior Cert exams are also set to go ahead later this year.
Opinion: If government parties want future votes, they must listen to the Class of 2022
Second-level students union says 'traditional' State exams can't go ahead
All time
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert oral exams and practical music exams to be deferred until Easter break
It was decided that the exams will take place outside of school time over the first week of the school Easter holidays.
# College
Nearly 1,500 students receive first higher education offer in second CAO round
The CAO released its second round of offers to applicants this morning.
# Points Race
Higher education minister questions if Leaving Cert is ‘right way to go’
Simon Harris said the points race for third level places is ‘not the international norm’.
# Round one
Over 55,000 people offered place in CAO Round One - points rise in teaching, business and health
This afternoon’s Round One offers is official confirmation of whether students got their preferred course.
This afternoon’s Round One offers is official confirmation of whether students got their preferred course.
Round One offers must be accepted online by 3pm on Monday 13 September.
Four courses have now reached 625 points.
'Inevitable' that points for most courses will increase due to record-breaking Leaving Cert results
Simon Harris: It's time to end the Leaving Cert points race in Ireland
Simon Harris: It's time to end the Leaving Cert points race in Ireland
The Minister for Further and Higher Education says the Leaving Cert is not the only avenue to an education.
# Results Day
From Ancient Greek to Accounting: Leaving Cert results by numbers
The results have been released, we take a look at the important numbers from today.
# Results Day
Leaving Cert: Top grades significantly higher on last year as students get their results
The largest jumps can be seen in the results for higher level subjects, including Irish, Maths and English.
# Leaving Cert
Education minister says oral exam marking is still 'ongoing' after concerns students were treated unfairly
Concerns were raised today that some students did not receive fair treatment in the oral exams.
# Quiz
Quiz: How well do you remember Leaving Cert syllabus?
This year’s Leaving Certificate exams kicked off this week.
# Leaving Cert
D-Day for some 55,000 students as Leaving Certificate exams get under way
While some students have opted for Accredited Grades, thousands will sit their exams over the coming weeks.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you still have the 'Leaving Cert nightmare'?
This year’s exams kick off tomorrow.
# One Day to Go
Leaving Cert students praised for ‘resilience and goodwill’ ahead of exams
The written exams start on Wednesday and run until 29 June.
# Covid precautions
Face masks, pods and a two-metre rule: This is how the Leaving Cert exams will work this year
While some students have opted for Accredited Grades, thousands will sit their Leaving Cert examinations this month.
# Limerick
'Frustration' as Leaving Cert students in Limerick to miss written exams due to Covid outbreak
Over the past fortnight there have been 800 confirmed cases in Limerick.
# Leaving Certificate
Leaving Cert 2021: Results to be delayed until September for second year in a row
Students will receive their results on 3 September this year.
Students sitting this month's exams will receive their results on 3 September.
Results will be issued directly through the Candidate Self-Service Portal.
Sinn Féin has criticised the move claiming it will lead to an increase in stress for students.
Leaving Cert: Exam timetable released as parents could face 'sanctions' for lobbying
Leaving Cert plan confirmed: Students can opt for written exams in June or calculated grades
# Gaeilge
Nearly 40% of Leaving Cert students have chosen not to sit the Irish exam this year
Students can choose between sitting exams, receiving accredited grades, or both.
# Leaving Cert 2021
Schools allocated supports to appoint aides to oversee Leaving Certificate admin for 50 days
The aides’ role is to support the school in planning and running exams and accredited grades.
# Poll
Poll: Does the Leaving Certificate need to be completely reformed?
The higher education minister wants to see the system adapted to “do better by students”.
# Third Level
Reform needed on Leaving Certificate and CAO application, says higher education minister
Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said he intends to “overhaul” the CAO application form next year.
# Living With Covid
320,000 pupils to return to school from next week - the full plan for sending children back to education
Cabinet agreed to the phased re-opening of schools today.
# Exams
Leaving Cert students say they are relieved with clarity and choice, but some issues remain
“I trust my teachers, but I don’t trust the algorithm,” one student said.
# Waiting Cert
Firm decision on Leaving Certificate may not be made this week
The Minister for Housing has said the government is not setting any “artificial” timeline on when an announcement can be expected.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert alternatives under consideration but clarity to be given within the next few weeks, says Tánaiste
Alternatives to the Leaving Cert exam are being considered by the national advisory committee on the exams this afternoon.
# Coronavirus
'I hate to have to say it but we are not expendable': Leaving Cert students dismayed at three-days-a-week plan
Students facing a return to school are worried about their health and the health of their loved ones with Covid-19 rampant in the community.
# Leaving Cert
Almost 2,600 students to sit postponed Leaving Cert exams from today
Candidates were given the option earlier this year to receive Calculated Grades and/or to sit written exams.
# Review
18 students awarded higher marks after more than 12,000 appeals of Calculated Grades
The new results were given to students at 12pm today.
# Leaving Certificate
Government confirms independent review of Calculated Grades process will take place
Over 6,000 students received new grades following an error with the system.
# Calculated Grades
6,100 students to get text message this evening upgrading their LC result
The results of the review were announced this evening by the Department of Education.
# Leaving Certificate
Students mistakenly awarded higher grades may have 'squeezed out' others from college, Minister concedes
Education Minister Norma Foley has apologised to students again after errors in the calculated grades system were revealed.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert: Polymetrika was paid €91,500 above agreed cost for work after daily rate kicked in at end of contract
To date, €163,000 has been paid to Polymetrika for the calculated grades system.
# Leaving Cert
'There are penalties, absolutely': Minister says there are sanctions associated with Polymetrika calculated grade contract
The cost of the calculated grades system is €160,000.
# Calculated Grades
Leaving Cert students can now find out how their school ranked them against classmates
Students can also apply to sit the postponed exams in November.
# Leaving Certificate
First High Court challenge to Leaving Cert calculated grade system
The action is being taken by a student who missed out on a place to study medicine at Trinity College by two points.
# Round one
Over 50,000 people offered a place in first CAO round as points rise in health, business, teaching
This afternoon’s Round One offers is official confirmation of whether students got their preferred course.