Irish Leaving Certificate

Summary The purpose of an Irish Leaving Certificate course is to prepare students for immediate entry into open society or for proceeding to further education and training. It aims to provide students with a range of subjects suited to their abilities, aptitudes and interests so that each student can develop his or her potential to the full. Thirty four subjects are offered within the ILC, of which candidates aiming for university entrance normally take seven.
Language Group - 13
Science Group - 6
Business Studies Group - 4
Applied Science Group - 8
Social Studies Group - 5
It is recommended that candidates take three subjects from one group and at least two from other groups. The inclusion of Irish is mandatory. All subjects may be studied at two levels - Higher and Ordinary Level. Mathematics and Irish are available at three levels - Higher, Ordinary and Foundation. Candidates for Higher and Ordinary Level may be taught in the same class.
Tariff entry The qualification was first considered for UCAS Tariff points in May 2003. Points came into effect for entry to higher education from 2006 onwards.
Learning hours The majority of subjects are designed to be delivered within a 180 hour framework. However, some subjects, eg maths and English, may exceed this number of hours.
UCAS Tariff points Higher Level Ordinary Level
Grade Tariff points Grade Tariff points
A1
A2
B1
B2
B3
C1
C2
C3
D1
D2
D3
90
77
71
64
58
52
45
39
33
26
20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A1
A2
B1
B2
B3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
39
26
20
14
7
Awarding organisation National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
www.ncca.ie