How repeating Leaving Cert affects points
Last week's CAO application figures showed a record number of applicants by the February 1 normal closing date, with over 72,000 applicants to CAO colleges this autumn.
Application figures published this week by UCAS, the British universities and colleges admissions system, also showed record numbers of applicants in 2010. The total number of applicants to UCAS so far in 2010 is over 600,000, an increase of over 100,000 applicants on last year at this time.
Over 7,300 of these were from Ireland, compared to over 4,800 applicants from here at the same time last year.
Meanwhile, an applicant repeating a subject in the Leaving Certificate had the following query.
Q I did my Leaving Certificate last year, and my results were not enough to get me into a Level eight honours degree course because I did not have two higher-level grade C3s. I am repeating one subject this year. What effect will that have on my points?
A The results from a repeat in one subject will have no effect on your points, because points must be counted from six subjects in one year's sitting. But an improved grade in one subject this year may make a significant difference to your college application, as it may mean that you will satisfy the minimum entry requirements for a course, and you may already have the points.
Minimum entry requirements for a college course may be accumulated in a number of sittings of the Leaving Certificate, and these precede the need for points. The minimum entry requirements for most level eight degree courses are six subjects in the Leaving Certificate, with at least two grade C3s on higher-level papers. If an applicant took four higher-level papers and two ordinary-level papers, for example, and passed all six subjects, but got three grade Ds and only one grade C3 on the four higher-level papers, he or she would not be eligible for a Level eight course. But if he or she got an improved result in a repeat subject this year, giving them two grade C3s, this would mean that they would be eligible for level eight courses. The applicant would be ranked in order of merit of qualified applicants on the basis of last year's points.
Q Is it too late now to apply to take one subject in the Leaving Certificate this year?
A There is still a window of opportunity. Applications received between January 30 and February 12, 2010 will be accepted on payment of a late fee of €30 per subject in addition to the normal fee.
Forthcoming Open Days:Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 hosts its open day today from 10am to 3pm. The college has good grounds to celebrate at the present time. Four of its graduates have been nominated in three different categories for the Academy Awards (Oscars) next month. Also today, open day in Greenhill College, Walkinstown, Dublin 12, from 10am to 12.30pm. Tomorrow, Mallow College of Further Education, Mallow, Co Cork from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Friday February 12, in Liberties College, Dublin 8 from 10am to 3pm. The postgradireland Further Study Fair takes place on Tuesday next, February 16 in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, from 1.00 pm-5.00 pm & 6.00 pm-9.00pm