Eoin Kelleher from Rathfarnham celebrates receiving his final medicine results. Photograph: Julian Behal/Maxwells

The points for undergraduate medical entry have fallen dramatically this year across all five colleges. This follows the restructuring of the HPAT mar(...)

Whether you are at home or sunning yourself on holiday, if you are happy to accept an offer from the CAO this morning, securing it is simplicity it(...)

There are a number of reasons you may not have a CAO offer. First, you may not have got the Leaving Cert or PLC exam result you were hoping for or (...)

Spoilt for choice: The confusing state of our college application system causes many students to select programmes which they drop out of in first year. Getty/Digital Vision

Let’s be honest, there are only about 14 professions. So how did we get to a situation where students face choosing between 1,400 CAO courses each yea(...)

From left:  Joe Humphreys, Irish Times  Education Correspondent, with guidance counsellors   Brian Howard   and Deirdre Garrett,  at the Exams Helpdesk.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Since the Leaving Cert results came out on Wednesday, guidance counsellors at the Irish Times Help Desk have been busy answering inquiries and respond(...)

If you are one of the unfortunate 645 higher level candidates to fail maths, a number of colleges offer second change higher level Maths exams to enable you to access your level 8 courses.

Following the release of the Leaving Cert results yesterday, students and parents emailed their queries to The Irish Times helpdesk www.irishtimes.com(...)

Conor Gallagher, from Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin, who got Nine A1s in the Leaving Certificate, celebrates with classmates at St Michael’s College, Ballsbridge, today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:05

Conor Gallagher, the student who achieved the highest results in this year’s Leaving Certificate exams, said “nothing could have prepared him” for ach(...)


Entry requirements for engineering, business and several other popular courses are expected to rise this year after a record number of students gained(...)

Celebrate: around 88.8 per cent of students who took higher level Irish got a C or higher.  Photograph: Getty Images

During her term as minister for education, Mary Hanafin increased the percentage grade for the oral component of Irish to 40 per cent, aiming to incre(...)

Leaving Cert students at Belvedere College, Dublin, about to sit an exam in June of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson.

As in 2013, the main focus of interest in the 2014 Leaving Cert results is in the fall-out from the new Project Maths curriculum and the response to t(...)