Leaving Certificate

Building on the foundation of the Junior Cycle, the Senior Cycle aims to provide a comprehensive, high-quality learning environment which prepares individual students for further education, apprenticeship or for immediate entry into the workplace.

Students follow a two year course of study in preparation for the Leaving Certificate Examination, which is a long established concluding examination of post-primary education in Ireland, and is the main basis upon which places in third-level institutes are allocated.

To emphasise the academic importance of these two years, in-house examinations take place at the end of Christmas and Summer terms. Continuous assessment is also carried out throughout each term to enable the school, students and parents to monitor progress. Small class groups allow an easy working environment, maximising each individuals’ learning potential in a pleasant atmosphere. Our aim is to offer, within our resources, a broad curriculum that supports the academic and personal development of each student to maximise his/her abilities. Villiers offers a broad range of subjects to cater for all student preferences. Students can study up to eight subjects, with the majority of students choosing to study seven. For the majority of students, Irish, English, Maths and a Modern Language are core and then they choose three or four choice subjects. Students who opt to study seven subjects use their non-class periods studying in the school library. Students are also required to participate in weekly Physical Education and Religious Education classes.

In addition to their Form Tutors and Year Head, Leaving Certificate students are supported by the Academic Coordinator and Career Guidance Counselor to ensure that they set and achieve realistic aims.

Leaving Certificate Core Subjects






Leaving Certificate Choice Subjects






Applied Mathematics

Agricultural Science

Home Economics




Religious Education





Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)

Construction Studies

Design and Communication Graphics


Physical Education

Leaving Certificate Grading & CAO Points

Percentage Higher Level GradeHigher Level PointsOrdinary Level GradeOrdinary Level Points
90 – 100H1100O1 56
80 – 89.99H288O2 46
70 – 79.99H377O3 37
60 – 69.99H466O4 28
50 – 59.99H556O5 20
40 – 49.99H646O6 12
30 – 39.99H737O7 0
0 – 29.99H80O8 0

25 additional bonus CAO points will be awarded to students who achieve a H6 grade and above for Higher Level Mathematics. Maths Bonus Points