Figures released today by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) show that 57,532 candidates sat Leaving Certificate examinations in 2011. The statements of provisional results of this year’s examinations are available in schools today. From midday, students who are not in a position to collect their results in person from their school can access them through the SEC’s internet results service or by telephone.
The Chairman of the SEC, Mr Richard Langford, said, “On behalf of the Commission I would like to extend warmest congratulations to all those who are today receiving their Leaving Certificate results. This is the outcome of many years of hard work on the part of the students and not only reflects the dedication of the candidates but is also a tribute to the support and encouragement given by parents and teachers.”
Mr. Langford also paid tribute to all of the examiners, superintendents, teachers, school personnel, and staff of the SEC, for their commitment in the conduct of this year’s examinations.
General Overview of the Leaving Certificate
The overall number sitting the examinations is marginally down on last year’s number by 0.3%. Of the 57,532 candidates who sat Leaving Certificate examinations this year, 37,955 (66%) candidates followed the Established Leaving Certificate Programme, 16,386 (28.5%) the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme while 3,191 (5.5%) candidates followed the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme.
Results obtained in most subjects this year followed broadly similar patterns to those of previous years. The detailed national results in all subjects for 2011 and a comparison with the results in 2010 and 2009 are available on request and subject to strict conditions of use.
2011 was the second year in which candidates from the 24 schools participating in Project Maths undertook examinations at Leaving Certificate. In 2010 candidates taking Project Maths shared a common Paper 1 with all other candidates. However this was not the case in 2011 and the two papers taken by candidates in the 24 schools were almost completely different from those taken by other Mathematics candidates with only a small amount of shared content between the two groups. No distinction will be made in the certification 2 between the two groups of candidates, and all candidates will, accordingly, be issued with a grade in the subject “Mathematics”.
A detailed breakdown of the outcomes for Project Maths is available on request.
What Candidates Should Do Next
Candidates are strongly advised to consult the Leaving Certificate Results Appeal Process booklet that they have received with their statement of provisional results when deciding on their next course of action. All candidates should adhere to the instructions provided in order to ensure that they lodge valid requests for viewing marked scripts and appealing results.
This information is also available in the Candidates section on the SEC website;
Marked Scripts Viewing
This free service offers all candidates the opportunity to view one or more of their marked examination scripts and to see how the marking scheme has been applied to their work. This facility should assist candidates in deciding whether or not to lodge an appeal against a result.
With the exception of external candidates, all applications for Viewing of Marked Scripts should be made through the candidate’s school. The closing date for receipt of completed application forms in schools is Tuesday, 23rd
August 2011. External candidates should follow the instructions that accompany their provisional statement of results. All candidates will have access to the Marking Schemes and will be able to see how they applied in their case. The Viewing of Scripts will take place in schools on Friday 2nd September nd Saturday 3rd September 2011. Marking Schemes
Marking Schemes in all Leaving Certificate subjects will be published and will be provided to schools to facilitate the Viewing of Marked Scripts. The marking schemes will also be available on www.examinations.ie.
School based candidates who wish to appeal should do so through their school. External candidates should follow the instructions that accompany their provisional statement of results. All appeal applications must be with the State Examinations Commission by 5pm on Wednesday, 7th September 2011. Results of appeals will be issued in mid October.
Admissions to Higher Education
The SEC transmits the results of all candidates electronically to the Central Applications Office (CAO). This brings about the earliest possible issue of college place offers to candidates.