students may be offered a college place

Hundreds of students may be offered a college place in the coming days as a result of some of almost 1,700 Leaving Certificate upgrades being sent out today.

In addition to the 1,672 grades that were increased on appeal, 52 English results of students who did not appeal have been upgraded, although it was unclear last night if they were higher or ordinary level students. Their papers were marked again as part of a quality assurance programme that checks the original processing of results.

The State Examinations Commission received appeals from 5,141 candidates against 8,782 of the 360,000 grades it issued in August. Although the number of appeals is down significantly on the 10,142 made last year, the success rate is very similar at 19% and the 0.46% of total Leaving Certificate grades marked up is slightly lower than in 2011.

The number of students to benefit was not available from the commission last night, but it is very possible that some students may have received more than one upgrade given the average number of subjects appealed. In the past two years, about 300 to 400 students were offered late college places as a result of upgraded results notified to the CAO.

It will process the information tomorrow and is expected to notify any such good news by the weekend. Latest figures from the CAO show that 46,224 places have so far been filled, 500 more than this time last year. While hundreds of people could be offered a place in the coming days, many often choose to defer the place because courses have already started or decide to continue on another course they were offered from lower on their preference list but on which they have registered by the time appeal results are issued.

Author: Francis O' Toole

Francis O' Toole is a Educational Psychotherapist & Guidance Counsellor. I set up this blog page to help students gain as much information as possible to be able to make right choices and decisions regarding their career options. I believe that we will be very successful in our careers if we follow what we enjoy.

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