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New CAO Points Scale is HERE

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New CAO Points Scale is HERE

Thursday, September 03, 2015 

New CAO Points Scale is HERE

In April 2015, Minister Jan O’Sullivan announced a new grading scheme for the Leaving Certificate from 2017 as part of an overall package of reforms designed to support students in the transition from second-level to higher education. The new grading scheme will apply to students commencing the Senior Cycle in September 2015 and sitting the Leaving Certificate examination from 2017 onwards.

The new points system has now been integrated across the CareersPortal website and the Reach+ Career & College Preparation Programme.

We have created new points calculators for both

Leaving Cert and QQI - FET students

to assist them in calculating their points according to the new scheme.

Preview the new Leaving Cert Points Calculator here:

Note:  Students sitting the Leaving Cert in June 2016 will continue to have access the existing points system and Points Calculator on

Full Details of the Changes are outlined below.

The current number of grade levels will be reduced as follows:

Changes to the Common Points Scale

This change in the grading scheme means that the Common Points Scale (CPS), used by the CAO to determine entry into higher education institutions, also needs to be revised.

The table below shows the revised CPS that will be introduced from 2017:

QQI - FET Changes

The points awarded for achievement in both the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) and QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) awards are also being revised to maintain the current equivalences.

Preview the New QQI -FET Points Calculator here:

From 2017 Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) grades will be aligned as follows:

For QQI-FET awards the maximum possible total score of 360 (120 credits x 3 for a distinction) is currently multiplied by 10 and divided by 9 to give a maximum overall points score of 400.

From 2017, this maximum possible total score of 360 will be multiplied by 13 and divided by 12, to give a revised maximum overall points score of 390 for applicants from further education and training.

Leaving Certificate before 2017

Students who sat the Leaving Certificate before 2017 will be awarded revised points as set out in the tables below. In line with the decision to awards points to students who achieve a grade of H7 under the new Leaving Certificate grading scheme, students who achieved an E grade (25-39%) at Higher Level under the earlier grading schemes will from 2017 be awarded 33 points.

The points available under the new scale cannot be directly compared with the points awarded currently. An entirely new scale is being introduced from 2017 and all students applying through the CAO from 2017 will be awarded the new points, no matter when they sat the Leaving Certificate. This means that all students applying through the CAO will be on a level playing-field.

The points which will be awarded to students who sat the Leaving Certificate from 1992-2016 are as follows:

Pre-1992 Leaving Certificate students will from 2017 be awarded points as follows:

From 2017, the universities and Institutes of Technology will also introduce new basic matriculation requirements to take account of the new grade scheme –

  • Where the requirements are currently 2 higher level C3 grades and 4 ordinary level D3 grades, in 2017 these will become 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades.
  • Where the requirements are currently 5 ordinary level D3 grades, in 2017 these will become 5 O6/H7 grades.
  • Where the requirements are currently 3 higher level C3 grades and 3 ordinary level D3 grades, in 2017 these will become 3 H5 and 3 O6/H7 grades.

View: New Leaving Certificate Grading Scale and Revised Common Points Scale (IUA, IOTI, September 2015)

The CareersPortal Team