Leaving Certificate 2021

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Leaving Certificate 2021 Candidate Self-Service Portal

The SEC Candidate Portal will open on 10 March at 12 noon and close on 16 March at 6pm

You must register for your examinations and/or accredited grades on the portal.

You will be required to login to the portal again at a later date to confirm what level you are taking examination in and/or receiving Accredited Grades in.

See a guide to using the SEC Self-Service Candidate Portal here.

Self-Service Portal Step by Step Video Guide here.

Key Dates

  • The SEC Candidate Portal will open on 10 March at 12 noon and close on 16 March at 6pm
  • LC Oral examinations: 26 March to 15 April
  • Portal reopens April/May to confirm levels (date TBC)
  • LC Applied orals: 3 May to 12 May
  • LCA practical performance test: 17 May to 21 May
  • LCA practical coursework interview: week beginning 8 June
  • Written exams: 9 June to 29 June

Leaving Certificate and SEC Accredited Grades 2021 (source www.gov.ie)

On 17 February Government announced that the written Leaving Certificate 2021 examinations will be held in June with related components also proceeding as far as possible subject to public health advice. A corresponding process of grades accredited by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) will also be available to students who opt to receive them. The Government also announced that the Junior Cycle examinations will not be run in 2021. Read the announcement.

The key points to note from this announcement for Leaving Certificate students are:

  • Students will have the option of whether to sit the examinations, receive SEC Accredited Grades, or both, on a subject by subject basis. This means that students can sit examinations in any number of subjects they want, while also receiving SEC Accredited Grades in any number of subjects they want.
  • Students who opt for both will have their better grades in each subject reflected in their results.
  • Students will be required to register on the student portal; confirm their subject and level entry details; opt for the examinations and/or to receive SEC Accredited Grades. The SEC's Candidate Portal is expected to open in the week of 8 March 2021 to allow students to make their choices. Further details will be issued in advance.
  • There will be no fees payable for the 2021 examinations and no fees for SEC Accredited Grades.
  • It is intended that the results of both the examinations and the SEC Accredited Grades processes will issue to students within the required timeframe for progression to higher and further education in Ireland.

More detail on the Leaving Certificate examinations and SEC Accredited Grades is provided in the document A Guide to State Examinations and Accredited Grades For Leaving Certificate 2021. You can download the PDF copy of this guide here or read it online here .

Arrangements for Leaving Certificate Applied 2021

A Guide to State Examinations and Accredited Grades - Arrangements for Leaving Certificate Applied 2021 can be downloaded here.

Information provided in this guide should be considered in conjunction with A Guide to State Examinations and Accredited Grades for Leaving Certificate 2021.

Circular S07/21

This circular was published by the State Examinations Commission on Thursday 04 March 2021.

The purpose of this circular is to provide further information under the following headings for the 2021 Leaving Certificate examinations:

1. Coursework Completion dates (Circular S64/20 and SEC email of 14 January relates)

2. Orals, Practicals and Music Practical Performance Test

3. Timetables 2021

4. Candidate Entries and Candidate Self Service Portal

5. Establishment of Examination Centres

6. Scheme of Reasonable Accommodations

7. Recruitment of Contract Staff.

View Circular S07/21 here.

For further information as it becomes available go to https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/d3ea2-leaving-certificate-2021/ 

June Examinations - timetable

Timetables for the Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied are available on the State Examinations Commission website . The written examinations will begin on 9 June.

Information on the Junior Cycle 2021 can be found here.

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