Leaving Cert Results Guide
To explore our Leaving Cert Results - Your Next Steps guide, click here.
Failing a subject in the Leaving Certificate can certainly be disappointing, but it is not the end of the world. Some courses have specific subject entry requirements and failing these subjects can prevent students from accessing these courses. However, there are a number of alternative ways whereby students who have failed a subject can fulfil these requirements. Once the requirement is fulfilled, students can then pursue their desired course.
Second Chance Maths Exams
Many Engineering and Science courses have minimum entry requirements for Mathematics. By its nature, the Leaving Certificate only allows students a limited window of opportunity to exhibit their competency in a subject and, sometimes, this limited window can be a poor reflection of a student's overall ability. Fortunately, many universities and institutes of technology around the country run Second Chance Maths Exams.
See all scheduled Second Chance Maths Exams and associated tutorials on our calendar here.
If you fail a subject and feel strongly about appealing the result, you should:
- Apply to view your script. This can be done through the Candidate Self Service Portal. Application to view a script opens at 9am on Wednesday the 14th of August and closes at 5pm on Friday the 16th of August.
- Once you have viewed your script, you should then decide whether you would like to appeal your result. To apply, you submit your application through the Candidate Self-Service Portal. Note: A fee of €40 per subject applies for appealing a grade. This fee is refunded if the grade is brought up. Applications for appeals open at 5pm on Friday the 16th of August and closes at 5pm on Thursday the 22nd of August.
Repeating the Leaving Cert
Some students who fail a subject choose to sit the Leaving Cert again. Sitting the Leaving Cert is a massive undertaking, so serious thought must be given to repeating the process. This option is best suited to students who are confident that, on their second attempt, they can pass the subject/s they failed the first time they sat the Leaving Cert. If in doubt, then it is best to consider the other options detailed in this article.
To see a list of educational institutions that provide repeat Leaving Certificate courses, click here.
See our full guide on Repeating the Leaving Cert here.
Minimum entry requirements for PLC courses tend not to be as high as they are for CAO courses. PLC courses also offer progression links to Higher Education courses, so students who have missed a course through failing a subject can fulfil the requirement through gaining the relevant credits in a PLC course.
For example, if you applied for DC132 BA in Journalism at DCU and did not meet the entry requirement of a H4 in English, you could apply to undertake a Level 5 PLC in Journalism from Stillorgan College of Further Education. This provides a direct progression route into the DCU Journalism degree.
Search PLC courses using our PLC coursefinder and know your options.
If you are still unsure of your options, please call the NPCpp Leaving Cert Helpline, where trained Guidance Counsellors are on hand to provide help and advice.
The IGC / NPCpp HELPLINE number 2018 is 1800 265165
The helpline will operate during the following hours:
|Tuesday 13th of August||10am - 7pm|
|Wednesday 14th of August||10am - 7pm|
|Thursday 15th of August||1pm - 7pm|
|Friday 16th of August||8am - 7pm|
|Saturday 17th of August||9am - 1pm|
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