Average Leaving Cert Points: 2021 to 2018

The Leaving Certificate is the final exam for secondary school students in Ireland. In 2017, a revised grading system for the Leaving Cert and a new 8-points common scale was introduced, replacing the previous 14-point grading scale. 

On this new scale, the highest grade is Grade H1 or O1, and the lowest is Grade H8 or O8 for the Higher Level (HL) and the Ordinary Level (OL). The points are calculated based on the results of the six best subjects in one year’s LC sitting. 

This article will include the average Leaving Cert points of all subjects from 2018-2021, in both the Higher and the Ordinary levels. In short:

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What are The Highest Possible Points For Leaving Cert?

The Leaving Cert points are calculated based on the grades of the 6 best subjects. So, if the students get 100 points (H1) per subject, they will receive a maximum of 600 points. And if they also achieve H1-H6 grades in the Higher Level Mathematics, they will receive an additional 25 bonus points!

Therefore, the highest possible point that can be achieved in the Leaving Cert is 625 points. 

What Is The Average Leaving Cert Points In 2021?

The average Leaving Cert points in 2021 were between 350-450 points, and about 27.9% of students were able to achieve that. The average LC grades across all subjects and levels saw a 2.6% grade inflation from 2020. 

According to the CAO, among the 57,952 students who sat for the Leaving Cert in 2021, around 5.7% of students obtained 600+ points, and around 2.3% of students achieved the highest 625 points in the Leaving Cert 2021.

The average Leaving Cert points in the Higher Level (HL) and the Ordinary Level (OL) in 2021 are categorized below (nominal points only):

SubjectsAverage LC Points (HL)Average LC Points (OL)
Accounting7936
Agricultural Science7221
Ancient Greek90
Applied Mathematics8539
Arabic9030
Art7524
Biology7323
Business7327
Chemistry7625
Classical Studies8025
Computer Science7121
Construction Studies7220
Design and Communication Graphics7932
Economics7525
Engineering7326
English7230
French7227
Geography7225
German7328
History7628
Home Economics7525
Italian8327
Irish7528
Japanese8125
Latin88
Lithuanian78
Mathematics7330
Music8331
Physical Education7319
Physics7626
Physics and Chemistry7418
Polish80
Politics and Society7221
Portuguese77
Religious Education7619
Russian94
Spanish7629
Technology7624
Average Leaving Cert Points In 2021

Average Leaving Cert Points In 2020

The average Leaving Cert points in the Higher Level (HL) and the Ordinary Level (OL) in 2020 are given  below (nominal points only):

SubjectsAverage LC Points (HL)Average LC Points (OL)
Accounting7634
Agricultural Science6922
Applied Mathematics8240
Arabic84
Art7325
Biology6922
Business7026
Chemistry7426
Classical Studies7525
Computer Science6723
Construction Studies7124
Design and Communication Graphics7729
Economics7129
Engineering7225
English6928
French7026
Geography6825
German7125
History7227
Home Economics7222
Italian7626
Irish7331
Japanese7623
Latin90
Mathematics6927
Music8029
Physical Education20
Physics7327
Physics and Chemistry6920
Politics and Society6921
Religious Education7119
Russian96
Spanish7227
Technology7325
Average Leaving Cert Points In 2020

Average Leaving Cert Points In 2019

The average Leaving Cert points in the Higher Level (HL) and the Ordinary Level (OL) in 2019 are given below (nominal points only):

SubjectsAverage LC Points (HL)Average LC Points (OL)
Accounting6527
Agricultural Science5815
Applied Mathematics7025
Arabic6823
Art6627
Biology6321
Business6428
Chemistry6622
Classical Studies6716
Construction Studies6518
Design and Communication Graphics7026
Economics6427
Engineering6622
English6525
French6722
Geography6526
German6523
History6828
Home Economics6821
Italian7523
Irish6923
Japanese7022
Latin80
Mathematics6425
Music7730
Physics6326
Physics and Chemistry6017
Politics and Society6321
Religious Education6716
Russian9139
Spanish6725
Technology6723
Average Leaving Cert Points In 2019

Average Leaving Cert Points In 2018

The average Leaving Cert points in the Higher Level (HL) and the Ordinary Level (OL) in 2018 are given below (nominal points only):

SubjectsAverage LC Points (HL)Average LC Points (OL)
Accounting6526
Agricultural Science6214
Applied Mathematics7135
Arabic6720
Art6628
Biology6522
Business6428
Chemistry6522
Classical Studies6113
Construction Studies6518
Design and Communication Graphics6924
Economics6529
Engineering6922
English6526
French6521
Geography6426
German6624
History6727
Home Economics6724
Italian7222
Irish6924
Japanese6922
Latin78
Mathematics6525
Music7530
Physics6326
Physics and Chemistry5914
Politics and Society6422
Religious Education6818
Russian9236
Spanish6826
Technology6824
Average Leaving Cert Points In 2018

Is 300 Points Good For The Leaving Cert? 

The average Leaving Cert point is generally around 300-400 points for most years. But is it good or not, that entirely depends on the test taker’s intention.

For example, if you want to study for an advanced degree in a university such as law, engineering, medicine- then 300 points in the Leaving Cert will not be enough for you. You’ll need a minimum of 400 to the highest 625 points depending on the course. 

However, if you want to study courses at Level 6 or 7 or do an apprenticeship or study in a Post Leaving Cert (PLC), then 300 points in the Leaving Cert will be more than adequate for you.

Conclusion

Leaving Cert can become quite hard depending on your preparation. So it’s best to start preparing early and begin with regularly solving past exam papers and taking help from available resources. 

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