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Leaving Cert. for Adult Learners

If you are an adult learner, repeat student or still in school, be sure to have a look at our full Leaving Cert Courses.

When you return to sit the leaving certificate as an adult candidate there a number of steps to consider.

Registering to sit the Leaving Certificate

The Ordinary Closing date for External Applications is usually the end of January in the year of sitting examination.

If you want to sit the Leaving Certificate as an external candidate, you must apply through the State Examinations board. You can either apply and pay online or get a form from the Entries section of the State Examinations Commission and pay through a bank. External candidates who hold a current medical card do not have to pay the fee but are still liable for late fees if they apply after the deadline.

As a guideline in 2016 the fees payable to the SEC were:

  • First time entry (3+ subjects) : €116
  • First time entry (1 or 2 subjects) : €71
  • Repeat entry (3+ subjects) : €326
  • Repeat entry (2 subjects) : €211
  • Repeat entry (1 subject) : €116

Full details can be found at

Here is information you will need:

State Examinations Commission

Tel:(090) 644 2700

Make sure you cover the entire syllabus

You can check that you are covering the entire Leaving Certificate Syllabus by visiting the Department of Education leaving cert syllabus list.

All Kilroy's College Leaving Cert Courses cover the entire syllabus.

For further information on leaving cert and adult education in general, you can visit AONTAS (the National Association of Adult Education).