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Everything you need to know ahead of the Leaving Cert results

See our guide on results, viewing scripts, appeals, CAO offers and more!

Everything you need to know ahead of the Leaving Cert results

With just one week to go until the Leaving Certificate 2019 results are released, thousands of students around the country are preparing to see the culmination of all their hard work over the last two years. This can be a time of great excitement but can also be quite nerve-wracking, so it's best to be in the know. In order for the day to go as smoothly as possible, it helps for both parents and students to familiarise themselves with the LC results process.

How will I get my results?

  • All Leaving Certificate students will receive their results on Tuesday the 13th of August.
  • Results will be sent to schools/educational institutions early on the 13th of August. It is best to contact your school/education provider directly to see how they will be releasing results to students. Results will be available in most schools at 9:30am.
  • Results can also be accessed online. Results will be available from 10am on the Candidate Self-Service Portal. In order to access results online, students must register for the Candidate Self-Service Portal. Register HERE.
  • Candidates will be able to view component marks on Wednesday the 14th of August.

Results will be sent to the Central Applications Office, so that CAO offers can be processed. Round 1 CAO Offers will be released at 2pm on Thursday the 15th of August.

Results Envelope
This will include a statement of your results, which will appear in grade form (H1/O1, H2/O2...etc.) Note: The statement will not include percentage scores in subjects, and it will not list your points scores either. You must add your points up yourself.

To take the stress out of counting your CAO points why not download the CAO points calculator. It is a great way to ensure that you calculate your points accurately. 

Click the image below to access the CAO points calculator.

For advice on how to calculate your Leaving Certificate points, click HERE.

The Appeals Process
Upon receiving your results, you may see a grade that might not reflect how you feel you performed in the exam. Fortunately, you are able to view your scripts in any of your subjects, and this can give you a better idea of where you picked up or lost marks in the exam.  There is no charge for viewing your scripts. Once you have viewed your scripts, you will then have the option to appeal your result.

How to apply to view exam scripts?
Examination scripts are viewed in two different ways depending on how the examination has been marked. Scripts marked on paper will be available for viewing in the school/educational institution where the student sat the Leaving Certificate. This year, a number of subjects were marked online, so these scripts must be viewed online. To see a list of these subjects which you can view online, click here.

Regardless of how your script has been marked, the application to view your script will be the same. To apply to view your script, you must submit an application through the Candidate Self-Service Portal. The application for viewing scripts will open at 9am on Wednesday the 14th of August and you must submit your application by 5pm on Friday the 16th of August.

Script viewings will take place between Tuesday the 20th and Wednesday the 21st of August.

Appealing Your Results

In order to appeal your result, you must make an appeal application through the Candidate Self-Service Portal. The application to appeal will be available from Friday the 16th of August at 5pm and must be completed by 5pm on Thursday the 22nd of August. 

Please note that Appeals Results will be available online in the week ending Friday 20th September.

The fee for appealing a Leaving Certificate Examination subject is €40. For the Leaving Certificate Applied, the fee is €15.50 per subject.

For more information on viewing and appealing examination scripts, see the Leaving Certificate 2019 - Candidate Information Booklet HERE. CAO Offers

  • CAO Round 1 offers will be available online at 2pm on Thursday the 15th of August.
  • The cut-off points for courses will also be available from 2pm and uploaded on our CourseFinder.
  • The deadline for accepting a Round 1 CAO offer is Friday the 23rd of August.
  • Round 2 and Round 3 offers will be available on the 28th of August and the 5th of September, respectively.
  • Applicants who have not received an offer will receive another Statement of Application Record.

To see all of the Key CAO Dates, click HERE

To learn more about the process, see the CAO's video below.

Deferring a Place
While a student may receive an offer for their preferred course, they may not yet be ready to enter into third-level education. Some students wish to take a break from education in between the Leaving Certificate and going to college, others want to travel before committing to another few years of study, while others opt to gain work experience before pursuing their third-level course. The reasons can vary greatly and can include sporting commitments or health issues.

Whatever the reason, the student must then contact the college they have been offered a place in and detail the reasons for their deferral. The college will then inform the CAO of the student's deferral. Most of the time the deferral is approved, but, on rare occasions, it may not be possible.

CAO Vacant Places
Each year the CAO has vacant places where not all of the spaces on a course have been filled. The list is definitely worth considering for those who have not accepted/received an offer. To find out more about CAO Vacant Places, click here.

Once the CAO Round 1 Offers have been released (15th of August), the cut-off points for each course will be available on our CourseFinder. Click on the image below to access the CourseFinder but remember that the course points won't be updated until the CAO Round 1 Offers are released (2pm Thursday 15th August).

Funding and Grants
, Student Universal Support Ireland, is the centralised provider of funding grants to 3rd level students in Ireland. To find out about eligibility and how to apply for a SUSI grant, click here.

SUSI is still accepting applications for the 2019/20 academic year. There is also a wide range of scholarship opportunities available at third-level institutions around the country and you can search them here.

Help & Support
The Leaving Certificate Results and CAO Offers periods can be exciting but stressful times. There is often a lot of information to digest and sometimes it can be hard to make sense of it all. Fortunately, there are supports available.

The National Parents Council (Post Primary)/Institute of Guidance Counsellors Leaving Cert helpline will open on the day the Leaving Certificate Results are released (Tuesday 13th of August) and run until Saturday the 17th of August. The helpline will give students and parents the opportunity to seek advice and support from qualified guidance professionals. If you have question relating to the 2019 Leaving Certificate results, call the helpline on 1800 265 165.

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

For our complete Leaving Certificate 2019 guide, click HERE.

The CareersPortal Team

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