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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C
Julien Behal/PA Wire
CAO 2014

In numbers: The Leaving Certificate results

Which subject had the highest failure rate? Which one had the most amount of As?

Updated 10.55 pm

TODAY IS A big day for tens of thousands of students receiving their Leaving Certificate results after sitting the examinations in June.

A total of 56,990 students will be picking up their results, the vast majority of whom (54,025) sat either the traditional examination or the Leaving Cert Vocational Programme. The remaining 2,965 students followed the Leaving Cert Applied Programme.

The results will be released by the State Examinations Commission this morning and will be available from the students’ school or else the place where they sat the exams, as well as from the SEC’s website from noon.

We’ve had a dig through some of the numbers to pick out some of the most interesting statistics.

56,990 - The number of people who sat the Leaving Cert and received their results this year.

2.4% - The percentage increase in the number of people sitting the Leaving Cert this year compared to last year.

35,121 - The number of students who sat the Leaving Cert Higher Level English exam – the most of any other subject.

82.5% - The percentage of students who sat the Russian exam who got an A, making it the subject with the highest percentage of As.

33.3% - The percentage of students who failed the Ordinary Level paper in Physics and Chemistry, making it the subject with the highest failure rate.

13,515 - The number of students who sat the Leaving Cert in Dublin which, unsurprisingly, had the highest number of any county.

428 - The number of students who sat the Leaving Cert in Leitrim – the lowest number of any county.

49 - The number of students who sat the exam in Libya this year, where it has been offered at one school for the past seventeen years.

1,470 - The number of students who sat an exam in an EU language which was not on the curriculum. This is a slight increase (+15) on last year.

750 - The number of students who sat the Polish exam this year, the highest number of any EU language which is not on the main curriculum.

25 - The total number of students who sat the exams in either Modern Greek, Danish, Finnish, Swedish or Estonian.

23 - The number of students who sat the Croatian exam this year, the first time it was offered as a non-curricular EU language.

1,768 - The number of students who repeated the Leaving Cert this year.

21 - The number of days that students have to appeal any results to the State Examinations Commission.

Best of luck to everyone who got results today from all of us here at We’re rooting for you. 

Need some help? A helpline run by the National Parents’ Council will be operating all day today. Tel: 1800 265 165. 

First published 06.15 am

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