Wednesday 16 August 2017

Leaving Cert Helpline

Leaving Cert Helpline

Exam Helpline opens Wednesday 16th August to support more than 60,000 Leaving Certificate students on 1800 265 165

As you are making sense of your Leaving Cert results, the IGC welcomes the launch of The Examination Helpline 2017. Hosted by the National Parents’ Council Post Primary (NPCpp), it will open next Wednesday, 16th August to offer advice, information and support to Leaving Certificate students receiving their exam results.

The 1800 265 165 Freephone Helpline opens from 10 a.m. on results day, Wednesday, 16th August, to take calls from students, parents and teachers seeking advice and information on what choices are available to students, and will continue until Wednesday, 23rd August (see Freephone operating hours below).

The Helpline is sponsored by the Irish Independent and eir and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills. It is staffed by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors who are fully qualified experts in their field.  A representative of the grant-awarding body, SUSI, will also be on hand to answer queries.

Every year the NPCpp Helpline deals with thousands of calls and helps students to make informed decisions. Those seeking advice, information or reassurance can contact the Helpline on 1800 265 165 and speak to experienced, professionally-trained guidance counsellors.  All queries on third level courses, such as the points system, rechecks, repeats, CAO procedures, apprenticeships and further training options will be dealt with in a professional and confidential manner.

To complement the Freephone Exam 2017 Helpline, will be running an interactive CAO blog at on Wednesday August 16th from 10am and on Monday August 21st from 8am, Members of the IGC will also be staffing this, answering all queries and concerns around the results and further and higher education and career options. 

Students/Parents will be able to submit their questions to the expert through email, Twitter with the hashtag #IndoCAO, through the live blog itself or through the Irish Independent official Facebook page.

The opening hours of FREEPHONE HELPLINE 2017 are:
Wednesday, 16th August:   10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday,    17th August:   10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday,        18th August:   10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Monday,      21st August:    8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday,      22nd August:  8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 23rd August:   8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Monday 14 August 2017

Leaving Cert Results and CAO Offers

Leaving Cert results will be available to candidates this Wednesday 16th August. Round 1 CAO Offers will be offered on Monday 21st at 6am through - you can login to your CAO account to check this. You will have some time to decide to accept your offer(s).

You may get an offer from both Level 7 or Level 8 - you may only accept one offer. If you don't accept the place you have been offered you may end up with no place.  Always accept an offer if you get one - in Round 2 you may be offered something higher up your list of preferences. You can never be offered something lower on your list. You can read page 7 of this guide to help with the process. I will be available via email at for any queries or in the school from Wednesday 23rd for appointments and phone calls. Best of luck to all.

Remember there are  plenty of options if things don't go exactly as expected so please get in touch if there are any queries at all. PLC courses still have places and CAO will offer some Available places after initial round of offers. Keep an eye on this list for these places