The New Common Points ScaleFor applicants to CAO from 2017 a new Higher Education Common Points Scale will come into effect. The new scale will apply to all applicants applying to CAO on the basis of their Leaving Certificate examination results (1988 - present). If you sat the Leaving Certificate before 2017 you can calculate your points under this new scale using the Common Points Scale Calculator or the Points Calculation Grid below. A pre-2017 applicant's points will change when calculated using the New Common Points Scale. The old points will no longer apply, and a new points score will be calculated by using the new scale. In many instances an applicant's points will actually go down when compared with a pre-2017 points score; this should not cause alarm, as such applicants will be competing with current year applicants using the same Common Points Scale. The points available under the new scale cannot be compared with the points awarded up to 2016.
|Leaving Certificate Points Calculator|
|New Common Points Scale Presentation|
|1992 to 2016 LC Grade||New Points Awarded Higher Level||New Points Awarded Ordinary Level|
|1992-2016 Foundation Level Maths Grade||New Points Awarded|
|A2 / B1||12|
|1985 to 1992 LC Grade||New Points Awarded Higher Level||New Points Awarded Ordinary Level|
|2017 Matriculation requirements||Pre-2017 Leaving Cert grades required|
|2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades||2 HD1 and 4 OD3/HE grades|
|5 O6/H7 grades||5 OD3/HE grades|
|3 H5 and 3 O6/H7 grades||3 HD1 and 3 OD3/HE grades|
From 2017, the maximum possible total score of 360 will be multiplied by 13 and divided by 12 to give a revised maximum overall points score of 390 for applicants presenting QQI further education and training awards. For further information about how points are calculated for QQI-FET applicants, click here. Why were these changes introduced?
For more information on the changes to the grading scale and Common Points Scale go to www.transition.ie.