Your options after receiving your Leaving Cert results

If you just received your Leaving Cert results, there are many options and supports available to you.
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This past year has been a stressful time for Leaving Cert students. With so much uncertainty around the exams taking place, accredited grades, and what it will mean for the CAO, it’s been a long road to get to results day.

Many students will have questions about their results and what will happen next. Others might be feeling upset about their results and need someone who can listen to them. If you have just received your Leaving Cert results, there are two services – Youth Information Chat, and 50808 – who are here to help.

Understanding the 2021 Leaving Cert results

Find out what to do if you’re not happy with your results or what the results mean for the CAO.

You can learn more about accredited grades in the video below.

Will my exam result replace my accredited grade?

If you received accredited grades and decided to sit the exam, you will get to keep the highest grade you were awarded between your accredited grade and your exam.

This means that if you got a higher result in your written exam than on your accredited grade, you will be awarded the higher mark. However, if you got a lower result in your written exam than on your accredited grades, you will get to keep the higher mark from your accredited grades – you will not be marked down.

Can I appeal my result if I’m not happy with it?

If you got a lower mark than you expected and you want to have your paper or accredited grade looked at again, you can go through the appeals process.

You can view your results and access the appeals process through the Candidate Self Service Portal. Find out more about how the appeals process works.

When will I receive a CAO offer?

The first round of CAO offers will be available on Tuesday September 7th from 2pm. Find out more about receiving a CAO offer.

Talk to someone about Leaving Cert results and the CAO

If you have a question or concern about your results or your next steps, Youth Information Chat and 50808 are here to help.

Youth Information Chat

Youth Information Chat is an online chat service operated by Youth Information Centres across Ireland and The chat service connects young people or parents with a professional Youth Information Officer who can provide them with personalised information.

For any students with questions about their Leaving Cert results, the Youth Information Chat will be there to answer your questions. 

The chat is available from 4pm to 8pm, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours, you can leave a message and someone will get back to you when they log online.

Chat now to a trained Youth Information Officer.

Some of the things you can speak to a Youth Information Officer include:

Start your conversation with a Youth Information Officer now.

Talk to someone about how you’re feeling

Leaving Cert results day can be an emotional time, especially if you didn’t get the points you were hoping for. It’s important to let people know how you’re feeling and reach out to others for support. Although you may be feeling disappointed, remember you have plenty of options.

If you need someone to talk to, you can contact our free 24/7 text message support service.


If you’re feeling upset or overwhelmed about calculated grades, the CAO, or your plans for the future, our anonymous 24/7 text message support service can connect you with a trained volunteer who will listen to you and help you to move forward feeling better.

Free-text SPUNOUT to 50808 to get started.

Find out more about our text message support service.

Learn more about accredited grades and the CAO

Need more information? Read about the CAO and your options below:

What to do if you’re not happy with your results

Information on the CAO

Finance and accommodation for college

What to do if you’re not sure about college

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