New Leaving Certificate Grading and Points Scales from 2017
The new Leaving Certificate grading system will be implemented from 2017 onwards. The new grades will range from a H1-H8 and an O1-O8. The new grade system and how it corresponds with the scheme up to 2016 is outlined below:
From 2017, the minimum entry requirements will be two H5 and four O6/H7 grades.
The revised common points scale will apply for those presenting the Leaving Certificate:
Bonus points for Maths
25 additional points will be awarded for higher level Mathematics at grades H6 and above.
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) Link Modules
UCC awards the following points to the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Link Modules:
While Link Modules are counted for point scoring purposes they may not be counted as one of the six subjects to satisfy minimum entry requirements.
Scoring for pre-2017 Leaving Certificate applicants
All students applying through the CAO from 2017 will be awarded points under the new scale, no matter when they sat the Leaving Certificate.
The pre-2017 E grade band covers from 25-39% and does not map directly to the H7 grade, which covers the range 30-39%. Therefore, the points awarded from a pre-2017 higher level E grade will be less than for a H7 and have been calculated mathematically on the non-linear scale at 33 points.