The Candidate Self Service Portal for Leaving Certificate Students

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The State Examinations Commission (SEC) Candidate Self Service Portal for Leaving Certificate Students is basically a platform where Leaving Certificate Students select what subjects they are taking for their Leaving Cert and at what level and choose if they would prefer to receive accredited grades, sit exams or do both in order to receive their 2021 Leaving Certificate results. 

Students made their preliminary choices when the Portal opened in early March. It has has reopened this week for second phase allowing students to review and confirm their final options for each subject.

There are only a couple of days left for 2021 Leaving Cert students who are considering their final options before the Candidate Self Service Portal closes on Friday, 30th April. This is the last chance for students to make their final selections for how they are to be awarded their final grades in the Leaving Certificate and review and finalise their level selection for each subject in which they are entered. 

Candidate Self Service Portal for Leaving Certificate Students

Accredited Grades

An accredited grade is based on an estimated mark a student would get in that subject in the Leaving Certificate exam. This grade is reached through a combination of a student’s school estimation of a percentage mark and state data available from the state examinations.


Students choosing to sit exams are required to take the written exam and all related assessment components, such as orals, coursework, etc. Failure to take these components means that the student will not be able to achieve full marks.

Written exams are scheduled to commence on June 2021.The timetable for these exams is available here .

It is important to note that this week’s opened portal is the final chance for students who choose to receive accredited grades to select their subject level. Students who choose to sit exams, however, will still have the option to change their subject level on the day of the exams.

It is also important that all students are comfortable selecting their level when opting for accredited grades and are doing so on the back of advice they may have sought from their teacher.

Also worth consideration is for a student to maximise their potential and choose to both be awarded accredited grades and sit the exam. This will give the student the advantage of taking whichever results in a better grade. A common case is to select to be awarded an accredited grade in an Ordinary level subject,, while also choosing to take the Higher level written paper – the student is then free to choose whichever is the highest grade as their final result.

A comprehensive guide to this phase of the portal is available here .

The Candidate Self Service Portal helpline is available throughout this phase of the portal on 1800 111135 or 1800 111136.


Steven Galvin

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