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Leaving Cert Calculated Grades

Leaving Cert students who wish to receive CALCULATED GRADES this year must opt-in on the Calculated Grades Student Portal from this coming Monday, 20 July 2020. The portal will open at 12pm. The deadline to opt-in for Calculated Grades is Monday 27 July at 4pm.

The Department of Education has also announced that Leaving Cert results will be released on the 7th September 2020.

Opting-in for calculated grades

Students who registered for the Calculated Grades Student Portal will need to go to GOV.IE/LEAVINGCERTIFICATE from Monday, 20 July 2020 at 12pm to confirm that they wish to receive Calculated Grades. The deadline to opt-in for Calculated Grades is Monday 27 July at 4pm.

Those who registered for the portal in May should receive a text message inviting them to opt-in. If you don’t receive a text message but you did register for the portal, you should still log onto the portal to confirm that you want to receive Calculated Grades.

Speaking about the Calculated Grades system, Minister for Education Norma
Foley said: “Calculated Grades will provide you with a formal record of your work and achievements in second-level school. They will be fair and reliable, and will be accepted by employers and colleges.”

Leaving Cert results and college offers

The Department also announced that the results of the Calculated Grades will be released on the 7th September 2020. Results will be available online and from your school.

First-round CAO OFFERS will be released four days later, on 11 September 2020. Find out the KEY DATES FOR CAO OFFERS.

The Department has confirmed that UCAS, the college admissions system in the UK, has also agreed to the new dates. Students hoping to study in the UK will be able to use their Calculated Grades.

Appealing your Calculated Grades result

If you are not happy with your grades, you can submit an appeal. The appeal process will go through these steps:

  • Checking that the data was entered correctly by the school
  • Checking that the data was received and processed correctly by the Department of Education
  • An option to have the process reviewed by independent appeal scrutineers
  • If students are still not happy, they can choose to sit the exams at a later date.

When will the postponed Leaving Cert exams take place?

If you are not happy with the grades you receive in one or more of your subjects, you will have the opportunity to sit the exam at a later date. You can decide which exams you want to take. If the student receives a higher grade after sitting the exam, their official grades will be updated. 

The Department is hoping to hold the Leaving Certificate exams in November 2020, if public health guidance allows that to happen. This means you will have to wait to start college until the new academic year starts in September of 2021 if you choose to sit the exams.