A1 art students are rare
Just under 11,000 students sat the Leaving Cert in Art last year, with 8,000 of these doing the Higher Paper.
Although the failure rate on the Higher Paper is low at 0.8pc, it is notoriously difficult to get the top grade A1.
Only 1.2pc of students got an A1 in the Higher Paper last year. This compares with 5.7pc in French and History, and 4.3pc in Maths.
Some pupils who succeed in their application for art college only receive a B in their Leaving Cert.