Irish Leaving Certificate Examination Points Calculation Grid

Leaving Cert Grade Higher Paper Lower Paper Maths Foundation #
A1 100 60 20
A2 90 50 15
B1 85 45 10
B2 80 40 5
B3 75 35  
C1 70 30  
C2 65 25  
C3 60 20  
D1 55 15  
D2 50 10  
D3 45 5  
LCVP points awarded: Distinction - 70, Merit - 50, Pass - 30

* 25 bonus points will be added to the points score for Leaving Certificate Higher Level Mathematics.

# Points for Foundation Level Mathematics will be awarded by certain institutions. Applicants should refer to the HEI literature for full details.

NCAD does not award points for Leaving Certificate or other examinations. Consult NCAD literature for details.

Applicants for undergraduate medicine courses should consult the literature of the appropriate institution for information on assessment procedures.

All HEIs award points for results in Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Link Modules, in place of a sixth Leaving Certificate subject. However, not all HEIs count LCVP as meeting eligibility requirements in regard to passing subjects. Applicants should refer to HEI literature for full details.

Accompanying conditions:
  1. The six best results, in recognised subjects, in one Leaving Certificate Examination will be counted for points computation.
  2. One sitting only of the Leaving Certificate Examination will be counted for points purposes.
  3. In the case of certain subjects, e.g. Home Economics (General), Foundation Level Mathematics or Foundation Level Irish, some HEIs may not award the points shown above. If in any doubt, check with the Admissions Office of the appropriate HEIs.
  4. Remember, you must first meet the minimum entry requirements in order to be considered for entry to a course. The bonus points are included in the overall points calculation only when Mathematics is one of the applicant's best six subjects following the addition of the bonus.

We will use an example to calculate a points score, including bonus points for Higher Level Mathematics:

An applicant has the following seven results:
Subject Level Grade Score
Irish Higher C2 65
English Ordinary A1 60
Maths Higher D2 50+25=75
French Higher B2 80
Biology Higher C1 70
Geography Ordinary A1 60
History Higher B3 75
Add the best six scores, shown in bold.     Points = 425
Click here to view a more detailed description of the Bonus Points Scheme for Higher Level Leaving Certificate Mathematics, with some examples (PDF document).