Leaving Cert

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The number of candidates listing construction as their first choice has more than doubled from 195 to 460 for level 8 honours programmes, while demand for level 7 and 6 construction courses has jumped from 198 to 482. Photograph: Eric Luke

Demand for construction, engineering and architecture courses has risen sharply in a trend that is due to push up college entry points for this year’s(...)

UCD students walking by the  Veterinary Institute. Its veterinary science course has the highest points requirements at 585. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

With the number of students sitting the Leaving Cert this year increasing by 2,000 to 55,000, points requirements for CAO courses are bound to rise(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Yes, we’ve a lot of sympathy for those sitting the Leaving Cert but this year’s crop have a distinct advantage over previous candidates in a World Cup(...)

Junior Minister for Education Ciaran Cannon:  “We should facilitate an assessment of their talent and their creativity in the environment they feel most comfortable”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leaving Cert students should have the option of doing their exams on computer rather than being forced to do this week’s handwriting marathon, Minist(...)

Students sit the Leaving Certificate at Marian College, Ballsbridge, Co Dublin. Almost 119,000 students will be starting state examinations this week, 54,933 in the Leaving Cert, 3,042 in the final year of Leaving Cert Applied and 60,698 in the Junior Cert. Photograph: Eric Luke

The number of students planning to sit higher level mathematics in this week’s Leaving Cert exams is up 13 per cent to a new record tally due to the(...)

Department of Education wants 30 per cent of Leaving Cert students to take higher maths by 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The rapid rise in the numbers of students electing to sit higher level maths in the Leaving Cert is unlikely to outpace the availabil(...)

The numbers of Irish students who enter the job market with at least a Leaving Cert is above the EU average

A gap persists between the numbers of students attending schools in disadvantaged areas who complete their Leaving Cert exams compared to those in non(...)

How to make the grade

This is a dangerous time of the year if you’re feeling discouraged about the state of your study. It can seem like you have so much to get through, th(...)

The University College Dublin campus at Belfield. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The long wait is almost over for tens of thousands of students hoping to gain a place in higher education. The first round of offers from the Central (...)

Scripts withheld if cheating suspected. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Cheating during the Leaving Cert is a small but persistent aspect of the examination process, and this year was no exception. The State Examina(...)

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