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New Points Scale for Leaving Certificate 2017

New Points Scale for LC 2017

NEW POINTS SCALE FOR LC 2017

In April, Minister O’Sullivan announced a new grading scheme for the Leaving Certificate from 2017 as part of an overall package of reforms designed to support students in the transition from second-level to higher education. The new grading scheme will apply to students commencing the Senior Cycle in September 2015 and will reduce the current number of grade levels as follows:

NewGrades

% Marks

 

 H1 / O1

90-100

 

 H2 / O2

80<90

 

 

 H3 / O3

70<80

 

 

 H4 / O4

60<70

 

 

 H5 / O5

50<60

 

 

 H6 / O6

40<50

 

 

 H7 / O7

30<40

 

 H8/ O8

0<30

 

The change in grading scheme means the Common Points Scale (CPS), used by the CAO to determine entry into higher education institutions, also needs to be revised. The table below shows the revised CPS that will be introduced from 2017:

Higher

Ordinary

Grade

Points

Grade

Points

 H1

100

 

 

 H2

88

 

 

 H3

77

 

 

 H4

66

 

 

 H5

56

 O1

56

 H6

46

 O2

46

 H7

37

 O3

37

 H8

0

 O4

28

 

 

 O5

20

 

 

 O6

12

 

 

 O7

0

 

 

 O8

0

The points awarded for achievement in both the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) and QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) awards are also being revised to maintain the current equivalences.

From 2017 Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) grades will be aligned as follows:

LCVP

Grade

Current Points

Revised LCVP

Points

Distinction

70

66

Merit

50

46

Pass

30

28

For QQI-FET awards the maximum possible total score of 360 (120 credits x 3 for a distinction) is currently multiplied by 10 and divided by 9 to give a maximum overall points score of 400.

From 2017, this maximum possible total score of 360 will be multiplied by 13 and divided by 12, to give a revised maximum overall points score of 390 for applicants from further education and training.

Students who sat the Leaving Certificate before 2017 will be awarded revised points as set out in the tables below. In line with the decision to awards points to students who achieve a grade of H7 under the new Leaving Certificate grading scheme, students who achieved an E grade (25-39%) at Higher Level under the earlier grading schemes will from 2017 be awarded 33 points.

The points available under the new scale cannot be directly compared with the points awarded currently. An entirely new scale is being introduced from 2017 and all students applying through the CAO from 2017 will be awarded the new points, no matter when they sat the Leaving Certificate. This means that all students applying through the CAO will be on a level playing-field.

The points which will be awarded to students who sat the Leaving Certificate from 1992-2016 are as follows:

Current (pre-2017) Leaving Certificate Grade Scheme

New Leaving Certificate Grade Scheme

New Points  Higher level

New Points

Ordinary level

A1

H1 / O1

100

56

A2

H2 / O2

88

46

B1

B2

H3 / O3

77

37

B3

C1

H4 / O4

66

28

C2

C3

H5 / O5

56

20

D1

D2

H6 / O6

46

12

D3

E

 

33

0

 

Pre-1992 Leaving Certificate students will from 2017 be awarded points as follows:

Pre-1992

LC Grade

%

Current Points Higher Level

Current Points Ordinary Level

New LC Grade Equivalent

New Points Higher Level

New Points Ordinary Level

A

85-100

95

55

H1 / O1

100

56

B

70 – 84.9

80

40

H3 / O3

77

37

C

55 – 69.9

65

25

H4 / O4

66

28

D

40 – 54.9

50

10

H6 / O6

46

12

E

25 – 39.9

0

0

 

33

0

F

10 – 24.9

 

 

 

 

 

NG

<10

 

 

 

 

 

From 2017, the universities and Institutes of Technology will also introduce new basic matriculation requirementsto take account of the new grade scheme –

  • Where the requirements      are currently 2 higher level C3 grades and 4 ordinary level D3 grades, in 2017      these will become 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades.
  • Where the requirements      are currently 5 ordinary level D3 grades, in 2017 these will become 5      O6/H7 grades.
  • Where the requirements      are currently 3 higher level C3 grades and 3 ordinary level D3 grades, in      2017 these will become 3 H5 and 3 O6/H7 grades.

Subject requirements which form part of basic matriculation remain unchanged. Any revised subject requirements specific to individual courses for 2017 will be approved and published by each HEI over the coming period.”

 

 
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