Leaving Certificate: After the results, some CAO FAQs
Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30
How do I calculate my CAO points?
Students should add together their best six subjects for points (not grades).
If students have taken higher level maths, and achieved a minimum D3 grade, they should first add the 25 bonus points for this to the points received for the grade.
Then, they should list the points received for each of the other grades (not forgetting to take into account whether the subject was taken at higher or ordinary level).
Finally, add together the six highest points to find the total. As most Leaving Cert students take seven subjects it is important to remember to include only the best six.
The careersportal.ie website has a useful points calculator app available to download.
I failed maths. Is There anything I can do?
Some colleges run second-chance maths exams (see page 18). Not all courses require students to pass maths in order to gain entry. Applicants should double check the entry requirements for all the courses they have placed on their CAO form as there may be some choices that they will be offered.
They should also check the CAO vacant places list for more options. Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses require students to pass five subjects at Leaving Cert so this may also be an option.
If you are concerned that you may not be accepted to your chosen PLC as a result of failing maths, it may be worth calling the college and discussing your grade.