Unhappy With Your Leaving Cert Results? Here’s What You Can Do Next

From appeals to support systems.

Each year when exam results come around there will be a mix of people who are happy, and people who are not.

This doesn’t define your worth or how intelligent or great you are, nor does it define your future, because you have so many options.

If you’re feeling disappointed right now, here’s what you can do:

“I’m not happy with my results”

First of all, take a deep breath and remember that this is not the end of the world. Let your family or teacher know how you’re feeling, and explain to them why you’re not happy and what you want to do next.

If you’re unhappy with your results you can appeal them. Because you got your results a little later that previous Leaving Cert students, there is a certain timeline to view your exams and decide whether to appeal.

There is no appeal fee for the 2022 appeals process for either the written examinations or
Accredited Grades.

If your points go up after the appeal, your University/IT of choice may offer you a place, but if it’s full, you can choose to defer and start next September/October instead.

“I got enough for my third choice”

First of all, a huge congrats on getting one of your choices! If you want it, you can accept it online. If you don’t want to accept the course you’ve been offered, you can wait for round two offers, an offer for a course higher on your CAO may come up at this point, or you may get an offer in October by Available Places, whereby a course continues to offer places until the course is full. However many courses are full before this point.

“I’m just really disappointed and worried”

Sadly there are students every single year who are disappointed by their results. The important thing to remember is that it doesn’t define you as a person, or have anything to do with your worth or intelligence. Sometimes people don’t do well in school exams or assignments and that’s okay. If you’re worried about what this means for your future, talk to someone who cares about you. A parent, older sibling or teacher will be ready and waiting to talk to you about all your fears and sadness. It’s so important to speak openly and honestly to an adult about this because they can logically talk you through the next steps, and options you have.

“What are my options after school?”

If, for whatever reason, going to college or university doesn’t feel like an option for you, right now or ever, that’s okay. There are so many options when it comes to what you want to do with your life after school. From travelling, to getting a job, to apprenticeships, internships and PLC courses too. Check out more on that here. 

“Are there helplines available?”

There are several points of contact for you or your parents if you feel confused or need support.

The National Parent’s Council (Post-Primary) helpline 1800 265 165 – This helpline is staffed by professional guidance counsellors and is supported by the Department of Education.

The SEC Candidate Portal helpline will be available at 1800 111 135 or 1800 111 136 – From 9am to 5pm. Outside of these hours, it’s recommended that queries are emailed to candidateportal@examinations.ie. This helpline is for queries relating to the Candidate Self-Service Portal and the services provided through the portal.

If you need emotional support, and would like to talk to someone you don’t know, anonymously, you can reach out to helplines like text service 50808 (which is free and 24/7) and Samaritans on 116 123.

What you need to remember most of all is that your Leaving Cert does not define you, especially not in a difficult year like this one. Many people who weren’t happy with their LC go on to do wonderful things with their life, and you will too.

For more information visit GOV.ie