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Exam changes offer students more choice and reduce study pressure

Aoife Walsh


The career guidance counsellor’s advice for the class of 2021

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'At this time of year many Leaving Cert students wish to drop level in their core subjects. They may have hung in there for the last number of years and are now accepting this level of study is too much or they may be doing more than six higher level subjects and want to reduce the workload.' (stock photo)

'At this time of year many Leaving Cert students wish to drop level in their core subjects. They may have hung in there for the last number of years and are now accepting this level of study is too much or they may be doing more than six higher level subjects and want to reduce the workload.' (stock photo)

'At this time of year many Leaving Cert students wish to drop level in their core subjects. They may have hung in there for the last number of years and are now accepting this level of study is too much or they may be doing more than six higher level subjects and want to reduce the workload.' (stock photo)

The current sixth year group was hit hard by the school closures. They are now facing into a difficult year preparing for Leaving Cert having missed three months of school.

At this time of year many Leaving Cert students wish to drop level in their core subjects. They may have hung in there for the last number of years and are now accepting this level of study is too much or they may be doing more than six higher level subjects and want to reduce the workload.

In recognition of the amount of class contact time which has already been missed by the class of 2021, the Department of Education has reviewed the assessment of Leaving Cert and has released new assessment guidelines for the Leaving Cert 2021. The changes outlined in this document will give students more choice in their exams and therefore remove some of the pressure to study every topic to the same high level.