Leaving Certificate 2021

We have been living through extraordinary times due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Everyone’s lives have been impacted by this crisis. The public health measures that have been put in place in Ireland and worldwide, to stop the spread of the virus, have been very successful but resulted in challenges that may have and continue to impact on our wellbeing. These include the closing of all schools and the cancelling of the Leaving Certificate examinations in 2020.  

Regretfully, the pandemic has also impacted the Leaving Certificate 2021.  This page is designed to support Leaving Certificate students of 2021 with links below can take you to specific information about the Calculated Grades, CAO, Apprenticeships, Wellbeing Resources  that are available to help and support Leaving Certificate 2021 students.

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How to get Calculated Grades Results on 7 September

The Calculated Grades Student Portal has re-opened in order to allow all 2021 Leaving Certificate students who Opted to receive Calculated Grades to view their Results.

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CAO Calculator | 2017 -2021

To calculate your points score based on Irish Leaving Certificate results, select the exam year and then enter your results by level and grade.


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What to do if you’re unhappy with your Calculated Grades results

If you are unhappy with your results, you can submit an appeal.

There is no appeal fee.

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Points Required for Entry in 2021

On this page, the CAO will post the points required for entry to third level education in 2021.

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Available Place Course List 2021

Where there are available places in specific courses, HEIs will advertise these on the CAO website

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Learn About Available Places

Before making an “Available Places” application, those matching the description “Restricted Categories of Applicant” on Page 3 of the CAO handbook should first consult with the Admissions Office of the HEI concerned.

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Mature Applicants

Before applying you should read the CAO Handbook and view the information for mature applicants on Higher Education Institution websites. In particular, you should note HEI requirements for the provision of supplementary application information. 

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A guide for parents and guardians

This document has been prepared by the Central Applications Office (CAO) to assist parents and guardians supporting a student in their undergraduate application to Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

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DARE | Disability Access Route to Education

Applicants, parents, and guidance counsellors with questions about completing the HEAR or SIF/DARE form should consult the published handbooks and contact CAO if they cannot find answers to their questions.  They will have staff trained in dealing with queries on completing these sections of the form.

Questions on how applicants will be assessed and how offers are to be determined should be directed to the Access and Disability Offices in Higher Education Institutions and not CAO. CAO plays no part in making decisions on admissions.

Generation Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is an exciting and proven way for employers to develop talent for their company and industry. Apprenticeships are designed by industry-led groups, supporting growth and competitiveness.

Apprentices earn while they learn and build valuable work-ready skills in a chosen occupation. Apprenticeships open up exciting and rewarding careers, with learning grounded in the practical experience of undertaking a real job.

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September 2021

Round 1 offers available online - also issued by email and sms text.  Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a 'Statement of Application' email.

 

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September 2021

 

Available place facility opens.

 

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September 2021

 

Round 1 Acceptance Offer Closing Date.

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September 2021

Round 2 Offers Available online.

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September 2021

 

Round 2 Offers Acceptances closes.

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September 2021 

Round 3 offers available online - applicants will also receive an offer by email and sms text.

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September 2021

Round 3 Acceptance Closes.

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October 2021

 

Round 4 Offers available online - offers will also by send by email and sms text.

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October 2021

Round 4 acceptances closing date.

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October 2021

Round 5 Offers Available online - offers will also be notified by email and by sms text.

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October 2021

 

Round 5 Offers acceptances closing date.

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October 2021

HEIs begin registration.

Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released.