The ILC (Irish Leaving Certificate) programme is Ireland’s leading university entrance examination. It is similar to the British A levels and offers a clear pathway for students into a variety of degree programmes in Ireland’s leading universities. Our graduates study a variety of courses including medicine, dentistry, engineering and more in some of Ireland’s leading universities.
When does the Leaving Certificate exam take place?
The ILC exam is in June every year.
How is the ILC assessed?
Students usually take seven subjects in preparation for the examination. Each subject is assessed through a written examination at the end of the programme of study. Some subjects are also assessed by additional assessment methods including oral and aural examinations, practicals examinations and assessment of practical coursework.
The best six scores of all the subjects taken count toward the final result.
Is there an age requirement for the ILC?
Students must be a minimum of 17 years of age to sit the ILC exam.
How long is the ILC programme?
There are four different course lengths available, with varying start dates during the year:
2 year ILC programme: September/October start date
18 month ILC programme: January start date
1 year ILC Programme: September/October start date
6 month ILC Programme: January start date
The length of a student's programme is entirely down to how prepared he / she feels for the exam.