The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has sent her best wishes to students who are sitting the 2021 Leaving Certificate Examinations beginning today Wednesday 9 June.

Minister Foley said:

I would like to wish all students starting their Leaving Certificate examinations today the very best of luck. These exams are the culmination of many days and nights of hard work and I want to thank you for all your determination and efforts throughout a challenging period for all students.

This is a unique year with students having the option of sitting the examinations and also receiving Accredited Grades. It is heartening to see so many students taking the exams this year while also having the second option of the State Examinations Commission Accredited Grades.

I would also like to take this opportunity remind students of the public heath guidelines that should be followed throughout the next number of weeks during the examination period. You should limit your contacts and continue to follow the public health advice right up until 29 June. This is incredibly important to ensure all students have a fair opportunity to sit their exams.


In any subject where a candidate sits the examination and opts to receive Accredited Grades, they will be credited with the better of the two results.

The written examinations begin on Wednesday 9 June and will run until 29 June. Students had the choice to opt to sit the examination or seek an Accredited Grade, or both, in each of their subjects.

Of all candidates initially entered for Leaving Certificate and final year Leaving Certificate Applied examinations this year, just 4% did not make a selection on the Candidate Self Service Portal.

Of those that made a selection on the portal, 99% have opted for an Accredited Grade in at least one subject and 91% have opted to sit an examination in at least one subject.

The full timetable for this year’s examinations is available from

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