The Leaving Cert results are out today. For thousands of students across the country this marks the end of one journey, and the beginning of another. The question facing many now is, what next? This answer very much depends on your exam results, but do remember, there are many options available to you.
I’m really pleased with my results!
If you’re happy with your results, you must wait for the CAO first round offers, which will be available online next week, from 6.00 am on Monday, 18th August. If the course is what you want, simply accept the place offered. The points required for all courses will be printed in the National Press on Monday 18th as well.
I’m disappointed with my results and worried I may not get the course I want.
If you are unhappy with your results, remember not to panic and consider each of the following options:
- Make an application to review your scripts, as mistakes may have been made in their correction. The closing date for receipt of this application is August 18th. This service is completely free. You may bring any person you like with you during this review and the Marking Schemes for each subject will be given to you. Make sure first to check the addition of marks and the correct transfer of marks from inside the paper to the grid on the outside. After reviewing, if you think you have a case, you may apply for a re-check any time before 5.00 pm on Monday, 1st September. The fee for each subject is €40, which is refundable only if the appeal is successful. For further information read the Candidate Information Booklet on examinations.ie
- If maths has been the stumbling block to the course you desire, many institutions now offer a second-chance exam for particular courses.Remember to check the college websites for full details.
- NUI Maynooth: Exam takes place on Friday, 22 August for students who wish to undertake a degree in Engineering but don’t have the required Higher Level C3.
- NUI Galway: Exam takes place on Wednesday, 20 August. A pass fulfills the maths requirements for the college’s Engineering and IT programmes. A free preparatory course runs from Thursday, 14 August to Tuesday, 19 August.
- DIT: Exam takes place on Wednesday, 20 August for applicants to its Level 8 engineering programmes. Advance tutorials will take place on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 August.
- University of Limerick: Exam takes place on Thursday, 21 August for students who did not get the required maths grade for courses in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
- Check the college websites for dates and further information.
- Remember, if you really passionately want a particular course and fail to make it, repeating the Leaving Certificate is always an option, if you feel you could easily do better next time.