The vast majority of further education courses offer progression back into a CAO course through reserved places. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Further education has some excellent options for Leaving Cert students who haven’t yet got a CAO offer. All further education (FE) colleges are still(...)

Niamh Donnelly, Leopardstown, is congratulated by her mother Marion Donnelly, on getting her Leaving Cert results, at Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The impact of bonus points in the Leaving Cert is under review following concerns that too many students are now opting to take higher-level maths. Mi(...)

Students had to know the Spanish words for peaches and grapes for the task requiring them to write a  letter to a newspaper about the Spanish diet. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Students were smiling after a broad, accessible, and fair higher level Spanish paper that was grounded in the nation’s culture. “It tested what stude(...)

The grinning face of Bono loomed large as just under 54,000 students kicked off the Leaving Cert exam this morning. The U2 frontman’s speech to a gra(...)

A protester blocking the exit is pushed aside as the Taoiseach’s car leaves the Mansion House, in Dublin. Photograph; Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Opposition to waters charges continued today outside the Mansion House in Dublin where demonstrators mounted a protest as Taoiseach Enda Kenny atte(...)

Seamus Heaney’s inclusion as an Unseen Poet on Paper 2 this year has been  described by many students as “just cruel”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Examiners sent Seamus Heaney astray again this Leaving Cert, as the poet turned up on the Unseen Poetry section and not in Prescribed Poetry - as many(...)

One of the topics covered was marketing coloured wellies for festivals. Photograph: Alan Betson

There was no margin for error on yesterday’s higher level Leaving Certificate business paper, which included exacting questions on tax returns, constr(...)