From 2012, the Higher Education Institutions are introducing a bonus scheme for Higher Level Leaving Certificate Mathematics. 25 points will be added to an applicant’s points score for Higher Level Mathematics. For example, a Higher D3 in Mathematics will receive 70 points (45 common scale points + 25 bonus points). A Higher A1 will receive 125 points (100 common scale points + 25 bonus points).
The six highest scores in a single sitting of the examination are then added to give an applicant’s total points score.
If an applicant presents more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate, the best six scores in the best single sitting will be counted for points purposes. The maximum cumulative LC points total will increase from 600 to 625. The bonus will apply irrespective of the year in which the examinations were taken.
Higher Education Institutions:
All Higher Education Institutions participating in the central applications service will
adopt the bonus points scheme with the exception of NCAD. NCAD uses portfolio scores for selection and does not use the common points scale.
The maximum possible adjusted points score for applicants to medicine will increase from 560 to 565.
(For all scores over 550, each additional 5 points will result in one extra point.) The baseline score of 480 points will still apply (bonus points can be included)
For further detail see http://www2.cao.ie/otherinfo/calc_points.pdf