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It is “inevitable” that points for most courses will increase due to record breaking certificate results

The head of the Central Applications Office (CAO) said it was “not inevitable” that college course points would increase after record results in this year’s Leaving Cert.

Pól Ó Dochartaigh said today that the “difficult reality” is that some students will not secure their first choice as the points required for a “significant percentage” of undergraduate courses will increase.

“Points have gone up and so has demand for places,” Dochartaigh said on RTÉ’s This Week radio show.

When everything balances out, I think it’s likely, as it was a year ago, that points, not for all courses, but for a large percentage of courses will go up. This is inevitable.

The percentage of higher grades awarded to candidates in this year’s drop-out certificate has increased significantly compared to last year, which in turn was higher than in 2019.

Scores are up an average of 2.4% compared to 2020. However, the increase is greater for many higher-level subjects. The number of students with H1 grades in some popular subjects increased by more than 7%.

Ó Dochartaigh noted that the increases left students who completed their drop-off certificate in 2019 but deferred enrollment in tertiary education “very significantly.”

“Any student who has been deferred for a year or, for whatever reason, has had to sit out for a year, has now not attained an equal level.

I think we have to find some way to actually reevaluate that, to give these students, who worked hard before 2020, a way to get into university.

“We’ve tried to do our best with this year’s students and past years’ Covid students, but I think we’ve been basically unfair to students before 2020 as a result,” Dochartaigh added.

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