A new grading scheme for the Leaving Certificate will be introduced from 2017. The new scheme no longer uses grade bands (A1, A2 and so on).The new scale has 8 grades at both Higher and Ordinary levels- the highest grade is a Grade 1, the lowest grade a Grade 8. Grades 1-7 run (in 10% grade bands) from 100% to 30% and Grade 8 is for percentage marks for 0 to 29.9%.
The change in grading scheme means the Common Points Scale (CPS), used by the CAO to determine entry into higher education institutions, also needs to be revised. The table below shows the revised CPS that will be introduced from 2017:
The main features of the new scale are that:
- It maintains the current alignment between the points awarded for achievement at Higher Level and the points awarded for achievement at Ordinary Level
- The difference in the points awarded for each grade varies, reducing the probability that students will achieve the same overall points score. This will help to minimise the allocation of places in higher education by random selection.
- It will encourage the take-up of Higher Level subjects through the introduction of points for the new H7 grade.
- It continues to award Bonus Points for Higher Level Maths.
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