CAO Points Scale from 2017

The table below shows the revised Common Points Scale introduced from 2017.

Higher   Ordinary  
Grade Points Grade Points
H1 100    
H2 88    
H3 77    
H4 66    
H5 56 O1 56
H6 46 O2 46
H7 37 O3 37
H8 0 O4 28
    O5 20
    O6 12
    O7 0
    O8 0


Maths Bonus Points

25 bonus points will be awarded for Higher Level Mathematics for H6 grades and above.  For example, if an applicant received a H6 grade an additional 25 points will be added to the 46 points already awarded for a H6 grade i.e. Higher Level Mathematics now carries a points score of 71 for this applicant.  


From 2017 Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) grades are as follows:

LCVP Grade Points
Distinction 66
Merit 46
Pass 28

All HEI's award points for results in Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Link Modules, in place of a sixth Leaving Certificate subject.  However, not all HEI's count LCVP as meeting eligibility requirements in regard to passing subjects.  Applicants should refer to HEI literature for full details.

Foundation Level Mathematics

 Foundation Level Grade   Points 
 F1  20
 F2  12

Points for Foundation level Mathematics will be awarded by certain institutions.  Applicants should refer to the literature available from each HEI for full details.

Accompanying conditions:

1. The six best results, in recognised subjects, in one Leaving Certificate Examination will be counted for points computation.

2. One sitting only of the Leaving Certificate Examination will be counted for points purposes.

3. In the case of certain subjects, e.g. Home Economics General (this subject was discontinued in 2003), Foundation Level Mathematics or Foundation Level Irish, some HEI's may not award the points shown above.  If in any doubt, check with the Admissions Office of the appropriate HEI's.

4. Remember, you must first meet the minimum entry requirements in order to be considered for entry to a course.  The bonus points are included in the overall points calculation only when Mathematics is one of the applicant's best six subjects following the addition of the bonus.

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