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CAO Handbook
Page 18 of 23

THE POINT-SCORING SYSTEM FOR LEAVING CERTIFICATE APPLICANTS

Round One offers are issued as soon as possible after the current year Irish Leaving Certificate examination results become available, normally within a week of the issue of results to candidates in mid-August. The results are input into the CAO system, and for each course that you have applied to, the CAO system will first check that you meet the minimum entry requirements.

If you meet the eligibility criteria for the course(s) that you have applied for, the system then calculates a points score using the HEI common points scale:

HEI Common Points Scale

Higher Level Grade

Points

Ordinary Level Grade

Points

H1 (90 - 100)

100

H2 (80 < 90)

88

H3 (70 < 80)

77

H4 (60 < 70)

66

H5 (50 < 60)

56

O1 (90 - 100)

56

H6 (40 < 50)

46

O2 (80 < 90)

46

H7 (30 < 40)

37

O3 (70 < 80)

37

H8 (0 < 30)

0

O4 (60 < 70)

28

O5 (50 < 60)

20

O6 (40 < 50)

12

O7 (30 < 40)

0

O8 (0 < 30)

0

Table 1.8 HEI Common Points Scale

Maths Bonus Points

25 bonus points will be awarded for Higher Level Mathematics for H6 grades and above. For example, if an applicant receives a H6 grade, an additional 25 points will be added to the 46 points already awarded for a H6 grade i.e. Higher Level Mathematics now carries a points score of 71 for this applicant.

LCVP Points

LCVP Grade

LCVP Points

Distinction

66

Merit

46

Pass

28

Foundation Level Maths Points

Foundation Level Maths Grade

Foundation Level Maths Points

F1

20

F2

12

Accompanying conditions:

  1. The six best scores, in recognised subjects, in one Leaving Certificate Examination will be counted for points computation. If you receive a H6 grade or higher in Higher Level Mathematics, then you include the additional 25 bonus points now to identify your best six scores. The bonus points are included in the overall points calculation only when Mathematics is one of the applicant's best six subjects following the addition of the bonus.

  2. Only one sitting of the Leaving Certificate Examination will be counted for points purposes.

  3. In the case of certain subjects, e.g. Home Economics (General), Foundation Level Mathematics or Foundation Level Irish, some HEIs may not award the points shown. If in any doubt, check with the Admissions Office of the appropriate HEIs.

  4. Remember, you must first meet the minimum entry requirements in order to be considered for entry to a course.

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