Leaving Cert FAQs

The Leaving Certificate Results Step By Step


WHEN: Tuesday 13th August 2019, in schools and online

On Tuesday 13th all the students who sat the Leaving Cert Exams during the month of June can access their results. You can do this in two ways –

  1. Go to the school and receive your results in paper format along with your fellow students
  2. Using the candidate self-service portal you can access their results on line from 10am
    1. You must have pre-registered to access this service.
    2. To register you will need: A) -your exam number, the number you used for each paper in the actual exams, this was given to you by the school before you sat the exams;  and B) their PIN number, this was also issued by the school before the exams.
    3. Once you have registered you will then have to create a password which you will need to access the results online


Each grade is awarded a certain amount of points. To calculate the total amount of points you have achieved, you need to decide which are the BEST 6 SUBJECTS only.

You can then use the below scale to calculate how many points have been awarded for each grade in each of their 6 best subjects (please make sure that the correct grade (higher or Ordinary) for each paper)

You can also go online to either CareersPortal here or to the CAO website here and use their points calculator

REMINDER: students who sat the Higher Level Maths exam and achieved a H6 or higher add a further 25 points to their total if using Maths as one of your 6 subjects.

Points Calculation Grid:

 H556 O156
 H646 O246
 H737 O337
 H80 O428


Now it is a waiting game.

On Thursday 15th the CAO will release notice of the First Round College Offers from 2pm onwards.

Round 1 Offers

Students who have opted to be sent an email or SMS message from the CAO will receive a message that they have an offer, they then check which one on “My application” .

Others who did not opt for this can go online to “My application”  on the CAO website to check whether they have received an offer.

To access this page the student will need:

  1. CAO application number (received when they submitted their choices to the CAO)
  2. Their Date of Birth
  3. The account password

This is a short 5 minute video on the CAO Offer Process

More information is also available on the CareersPortal website

If you have been offered a college place you have until 17:15 on the 23rd August 2019 to reply.

You may only accept one offer. This may be either a L8 offer OR a L6/7 offer

Round 2 Offers

If you did not accept an offer in Round 1, or, you did not receive an offer in Round 1, you may be offered a course in Round 2.

If you accepted an Offer in Round 1 but it was not your 1st choice course, you may be offered a course in Round 2

If you have been offered a college place in Round 2, again you must accept before the deadline of 30th August 2019

High Level Grade

H1 – 100 points
H2 – 88 points
H3 – 77 points
H4 – 66 points
H5 – 56 points
H6 – 46 points
H7 – 37 points
H8 – 0 points

Ordinary Level Grade

O1 – 56 points
O2 – 46 points
O3 – 37 points
O4 – 28 points
O5 – 20 points
O6 – 12 points
O7 – 0 points
O8 – 0 points

Q. How do you cope with a disappointing Leaving Cert?

A. The completion of the Leaving Cert is a successful milestone in its own right and whatever the outcome, this is a day for congratulations, celebrating achievement and the success of completion. The Leaving Cert can go wrong for lots of reasons but it’s important at this time to keep the focus on looking forward to the next stage of the young person’s career or education.

For those who are disappointed with the results, there is always the option of the appeals process, but there are plenty of alternatives also open to you.

If you are considering repeating the Leaving Cert ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did you apply yourself enough?
  • Did you have a good routine?
  • Did you have good study habits?
  • Were you organised?
  • Did you spend too much time with your friends? On Facebook? Twitter? Online?
  • Did you only start studying seriously too late? Did you take levels that were too hard for you?
  • Did you feel stressed out?
  • Did you feel unwell?
  • Did you eat and sleep well and take care of yourself?
  • Do you get any pleasure from academic success?
  • Did you put yourself under too much pressure?
  • Is study for you?
  • Do you even want to go to college?
  • Do you want to try again?
  • How motivated are you to achieve academically?

It is important to analyse your previous approach to your studies in order to prevent it happening again in the next phase of your life no matter what pathway you choose.

Q. So what are your options?

A. There are so many ways to get to your destination that are often overlooked.

While the Leaving Cert is an important end of school exam and does open doors to other options it may not be the only way to directly secure that college place or gain the training you require. If you are considering repeating make sure you really want to and are committed to the study necessary as you don’t want to feel like this again next year.

If you have passed your Leaving and are disappointed with your results consider some of the following different options:

  • FETAC (PLC) courses – huge variety of courses, many facilitate access to universities and Institutes the following year.
  • Work – on the job training such as the banks, airlines, retail
  • Private colleges – entry requirements can be lower, fees can be claimed against tax.
  • Online/distance/open university education courses – including degrees (check out open university, DCU etc)
  • SOLAS (FAS) – Registering for training
  • Sponsored free degree by employer (e.g. LIDL, includes salary, holidays, healthcare)
  • Apprenticeship – e.g. ESB, motor, electrical
  • Part-time study – evenings, weekends
  • Defence forces – Gardai, Army, Navy
  • Private courses with professional recognition
  • Modular study – building up to a full award over time
  • Study abroad – check out UCAS clearing, Eunicas
  • Entrepreneurship – Set up your own business; contact your local enterprise board
  • Become a blogger, freelance journalist, photographer, artist, musician, DJ
  • Become an air-traffic controller (2 years training, can earn over 80K)
  • Travel – Spend a year abroad working with a charity or teach English abroad
  • Wait! – Consider returning to education at 23 as a mature student
  • Diversify – Consider doing a degree now and applying for a post grad diploma or degree in your chosen field such as medicine, teaching, veterinary, psychology
  • Get advice – Talk to your Guidance Counsellor
  • Avail of supports – Ring the NPC helpline for guidance 1800 265 125


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