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8 May, 2020 – Minister announces postponement of 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations

All students to be offered the option of accepting Calculated Grades or sitting Leaving Certificate written examinations at a later date 

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Friday 8 May 2020) announced the postponement of the 2020 Leaving Certificate. 

Following a decision at Cabinet, all students are to be offered the option of receiving Calculated Grades for the subjects they are studying and the alternative of sitting the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations at a date in the future when it is considered safe to hold the examinations. 

The decision has been taken following an assessment of public health advice and other information and the implications for holding the exams from the previously rescheduled date of Wednesday 29 July 2020. 

The process of arriving at a Calculated Grade applies to:

  • Established Leaving Certificate – subjects
  • Leaving Certificate Applied – subjects, tasks and vocational specialisms
  • Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme – Link Modules.


Please click on the links below for more information:

Click here for a Guide to Calculated Grades for Leaving Certificate students 2020

Click here for a Guide for Schools on Providing Estimated Percentage Marks LC 2020

Click here for the Dept. of Education & Skills website

Click here for full Press Release by Minister Joe McHugh - May 8th 2020

Click here for information on the challenges of organising examinations with social distancing requirements

Click here for information on the wellbeing and mental health of young people  Leaving Cert Covid-19


Additional Links: Leaving Certificate 2020: Information and Resources