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6000 Cork students receive grades

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017 6:10pm

Yesterday students finally got their hands on their points as the Leaving Cert results were released.

It was a mixed bag of emotions for more than 58,000 students across the country with the wait now focused on Monday when the CAO results will be released. This year also saw the introduction of a new grading system.

6,389 Cork students received their results across Cork city and county, which was the second highest of the 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland. Dublin was the county with the highest with more than 14,000.

There were 3,141 females and 3,248 males in Cork who collected that all-important piece of paper.

Of the candidates who sat Leaving Certificate examinations this year, 55,770 candidates followed the Leaving Certificate (Established) programme, of which 14,025 followed the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.

A further 2,773 candidates followed the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme, 211 of these were Cork candidates.

There has been an upward shift in participation rates at Higher Level across almost all subjects.

While the overall range of results obtained in 2017 remain broadly in line with those of previous years, the shift in candidature to Higher Level consequentially has had some impact on the results profiles at both Higher and Ordinary levels.

This is evident at the lower grades at Higher Level and the upper grades at Ordinary level.

A new grading system was applied to all Leaving Certificate subjects in 2017.

The new grading system reduces the number of grades from 14 in the old system, which was in place since 1992, to eight under the revised arrangements.

There has been no change in the examination standards of the Leaving Certificate, rather the change relates to how candidates’ results are reported to them through the new grading system.

The new system ranges from H1 to H8 for higher level and O1 to O8 to ordinary level.

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