St. Paul's Secondary School, Oughterard

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Congratulations on your Leaving Cert results. I hope you are all happy with your results and I wish you well in your careers. If you need to discuss your options after the Leaving Cert, please feel free to contact the Guidance department and we will get back to you as soon as we can to discuss any queries.

Ms Dennehy

Mr Begley


Here are some guides and resources which you may find useful in the coming days

LC Results & CAO Offers Step by Step Guide

This is a detailed guide on the next steps for parents and students


LC Results & CAO Offers Telephone Helpline

Phone: 1800 265 165      Times available: 2pm to 8pm       Dates available: 2nd – 14th September

Leaving Cert Helpline


CAO Courses Still Accepting Applicants.

Remember to checkout Available places (CAO) – If you did not get a CAO offer and are really set on studying at third level this year there are still options available to you under Available Places. These are courses which are still accepting applications and are published by the CAO on a daily basis over the next few weeks. Even if you did not apply to CAO already you can still do so now for these available places. Keep an eye out here.


Second Chance Maths Exams

If a poor Leaving Cert Maths result is the only thing preventing a student from getting an offer for a specific course, all hope is not lost. Some colleges host Alternative Second Chance Maths exams. Students who failed to guarantee themselves a place on a particular course due to their Leaving Cert Maths result may have a second opportunity to sit an alternative exam. Check out the colleges websites or contact them for more information.



 Non-CAO options after the LC Results

Here are some other non-CAO options you could consider: –


PLC courses

A huge variety of Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are available, and some may still be open for applications. Many of these courses offer a progression route to Third Level College Higher Education the following year. You can search for these courses on and then contact each college directly to see what courses they have available and whether they have spaces.



Gives you a chance to earn a living, try out different types of work and figure out what you enjoy, and what you don’t.



There are almost 60 different apprenticeship programmes. These include craft apprenticeships as well as degree-level programmes, all allowing you to ‘earn and learn’.


Study abroad

Opportunities may still exist to study abroad, read about what, how and where to study in Northern Ireland and overseas.

UK: (Central application site for UK colleges)

Europe:  (Irish support service for applying to colleges in Europe)


Private colleges and course providers – Entry requirements and points can be lower, and fees can sometimes be claimed against tax. However, the fees are higher and may not be eligible for Grant support. SUSI have a list of the colleges not eligible.



Set up your own business – contact your local enterprise board.