Leaving Cert Results – What Next?

So your teen got their Leaving Cert results, what next? Here are some practical tips for next steps.

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Firstly a big congratulations to all the students who got their Leaving Cert results today! Even if they’re not quite what you expected, it’s still a milestone in your life and a good reason to be proud of your achievement. If you are not sure what to do next, here are some places to get some further assistance and advice:

Leaving Cert Helpline – 1 800 265 165

The Irish Independent, in partnership with the National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp), the Department of Education and Skills, and Eircom, is hosting the Leaving Cert Helpline to assist school-leavers, and their parents/guardians – 1 800 265 165  on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, August 12 (10am-7pm)
Thursday August 13 (10am-7pm)
Friday August 14 (10am-1pm)

The helpline for the “first round CAO offers” are as follows:

Monday August 17 (8am-7pm)
Tuesday August 18 (8am-7pm)
Wednesday August 19 (8am-1pm)

CAO Vacant Places

Haven’t received an offer for the course you wanted? CAO Vacant Places may have something for you.

After Round One, the Available Place facility operates on a weekly schedule of applications, offers and acceptances.

Applications that arrive in CAO before 11:00 on a Monday will be processed and considered by the HEIs for offers on the following Thursday. An offer posted on a Thursday will be available to view on the CAO website the following day.

Post Leaving Cert Courses

If you’re thinking of taking a year out, or looking for a way to ensure you get the course you really want next year, then a Post Leaving Cert course may be for you – check the course finder – you can search by keyword, subject area, college and area.

Student Accommodation

The inevitable rush for student accommodation will begin when the CAO offers come out – see what’s available near your chosen college on College Cribs.

Flying the Coop Handbook

flying the coopFlying the Coop (FTC) is a publication researched, updated and published every year by the Youth Information Service of Youth Work Ireland Roscommon/N.E. Galway -which is a non-profit voluntary Youth organisation. Flying the coop provides the school leaver with guidance on such issues as:

  • Finding accommodation,
  • What are the costs,
  • Checklists of what to do/not do,
  • Budgeting
  • Health & well being & Staying Safe
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Useful contacts

To order the book email or phone 090 6625395.
Booklets cost only 50c each plus p&p.

Student Grants

Visit and to familiarise yourself with all relevant information about student grants and to read the Guidance Notes for completing an application.

Have you any other advice for parents who might have Leaving Cert aged teens? Share them with us in the comments below.

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