New Common Points Scale for Entry to Higher Education from 2017
Candidates receiving Leaving Certificate results from August 2017 on will have their results expressed
in a new scale of grades.
Consequently, from 2017, a new Higher Education Common Points Scale will come into effect.
The new scale will apply to all applicants applying to CAO on the basis of their Leaving Certificate
examination results (1985 – present).
If you sat the Leaving Certificate between 1985 and 2016, scores for grades will be adjusted to
conform to the new scale. The points available under the new scale cannot be compared with the
points awarded up to 2016.
Maths Bonus Points
25 bonus points will continue to be awarded for Higher Level Mathematics for H6 grades and above.
For example, if an applicant receives a H6 grade, an additional 25 points will be added to the 46
points already awarded for a H6 grade i.e. Higher Level Mathematics now carries a points score of 71
for this applicant.
Foundation Level Mathematics
To be confirmed.
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme
LCVP Grade Revised LCVP Points
Changes to basic matriculation requirements from 2017
Where the requirements are currently 2 higher level C3 grades and 4 ordinary level D3 grades, in
2017 these will become 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades.
Where the requirements are currently 5 ordinary level D3 grades, in 2017 these will become 5 O6/H7grades.
Where the requirements are currently 3 higher level C3 grades and 3 ordinary level D3 grades, in
2017 these will become 3 H5 and 3 O6/H7 grades.
Revised scoring for QQI-FET awards
From 2017, the maximum possible total score of 360 will be multiplied by 13 and divided by 12, to
give a revised maximum overall points score of 390 for applicants presenting QQI further education
and training awards. For further information about how points are calculated for QQI-FET applicants
please visit the Applicant Scoring page in the ‘Student Resources’ section of www.cao.ie .
Download explanation and tables: CommonPointsScale2017