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# Leaving Certificate

Last month
August 2023
Leaving Cert grade inflation needs to be unwound in coming years, Minister says
Grades were artificially bumped up this year and last to maintain fairness between students who completed their exams in different years.
Leaving Cert results: Grades adjusted upwards again due to pandemic disruption for students
71% of all grades went up with the adjustment, compared to just over 50% in 2022.
Simon Harris says Leaving Cert isn't 'cruel' but there is 'an obsession with the points race'
Leaving Certificate students are to receive their results this Friday.
June 2023
Leaving Cert: Commentary over higher-level maths paper one 'will be considered during marking'
It comes after the paper was criticised by students across the country for its difficulty.
Quiz: How well do you remember Leaving Certificate syllabus?
This year’s Leaving Certificate exams kicked off this week.
The Explainer: What is it like to sit the Leaving Cert in 2023?
Luke Saunders, co-founder and CEO of Studyclix, joins us on this week’s episode to give the lie of the land for anyone whose own memory of sitting the exams might be fading. We look at the lasting impact of the Covid pandemic on the exams, and share advice for students and parents alike.
Leaving Cert 2023: Students begin exams with 'well-pitched and broadly appealing' paper
This year’s higher-level English paper one featured readings about technology, imagery and immigration.
Over 130,000 students begin state examinations today - most sitting their first one ever
The majority of students in both exam years will be sitting their first state exam this morning as Junior Cycle exams were cancelled during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Quiz: How much do you know about Macbeth?
It’s due to be examined on the Leaving Cert English Paper Two this week.
This year
CAO Round One offers to be released on 30 August
Leaving Cert results will come out on 25 August, which is closer to the usual release date than the last two years.
Leaving Cert results to be issued on 25 August in 'significant step towards pre-pandemic norms'
The Education Minister said it marks a ‘significant step towards pre-pandemic norms in relation to the timing for issue of results’.
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
‘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.
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.
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: 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 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 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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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: How well do you remember Leaving Cert syllabus?
This year’s Leaving Certificate exams kicked off this week.
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.
Poll: Do you still have the 'Leaving Cert nightmare'?
This year’s exams kick off tomorrow.
Leaving Cert students praised for ‘resilience and goodwill’ ahead of exams
The written exams start on Wednesday and run until 29 June.
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.
'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 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
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.
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: Does the Leaving Certificate need to be completely reformed?
The higher education minister wants to see the system adapted to “do better by students”.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.