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.
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.