Adult Leaving Certificate

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Would you like another opportunity to do your Leaving Certificate?

Superb Results –Study Advisors- Progression to Third Level

It’s never too late to learn.

This course for adult learners is an ideal opportunity to complete your education or to assist you to gain entry to Universities, Institutes of Technology, Post Leaving Certificate Courses or the World of Work.

Miriam de Barra

Tel: 021 4223801

1 year

Leaving Certificate

€310 including Student Services €250 and Pre Leaving Certificate exam fee €60. In February/March 2017, the Leaving Certificate examination fee will be paid to the Department of Education.  – the 2016 fee was €116.


The following subjects are available:

  • Gaeilge
  • Geography
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Biology
  • Art
  • History
  • French
  • Design & Communications Graphics
  • Mathematics
  • English

English is compulsory, all other subjects are options. A minimum of five subjects is required for a complete Leaving Certificate.  Geography, Business, Biology, Design & Communication Graphics and Art are offered at both higher and ordinary level. The remainder of the subjects are offered at ordinary level.

All candidates should be 20 years of age or over, there is no upper age limit. Whilst no previous academic record is required (i.e. you do not require the Junior, Intermediate or Group Certificates), every applicant needs to be highly motivated to succeed. Classes are held Monday to Thursday 9.00am-4.00pm and Friday 9.00am to 2.00pm

  • Excellent experienced teachers
  • Supervised study facilities
  • Career Guidance and Counselling
  • Study Advisors
  • CAO facilitation sessions
  • Ongoing assessment and feedback

Application through CAO is made during the college year

Having left school at 17 I was worried about returning to school but College of Commerce was easily the best choice. The Course Director and staff were amazing and the teachers went out of their way to be helpful. They made it really easy to settle in and the year went by without a hitch. Doing this course has opened up so many possibilities and it was the best decision I have ever made. I would urge anyone thinking of going back to school to consider doing the Leaving Cert in College of Commerce

Aine Murphy, Adult Leaving Cert 2015 - 2016

In 2015 I decided to bite the bullet and return to education and achieve a leaving cert. I felt that there was a lot of doors closed in front of me because I had a very poor Leaving cert result, and I could never find happiness in the jobs that I had to work in because of the “results barrier”. It was most definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.
The insane work ethic the teachers provided for me, the help the course director gave me and the friendliness of my fellow pupils is indescribable.
I’m as happy as I have ever been. I am now studying For a Bsc in Accounting in UCC thanks to the Adult Leaving Certificate Course in the College of Commerce
Conor O’Sullivan ALC (2015-2016)

Conor O'Sullivan, UCC student

Repeating me leaving cert was certainly the biggest decision I have ever had to make for myself . This year the staff in the college of commerce have enabled me to get better grades in all of my subjects and this is down to the expertise and patience of the teachers some of whom are the best teachers I’ve ever had. Deciding to repeat in the College of Commerce was definitely the hardest decision I’ve ever made but I’m pretty sure it has also been one of the best!

Ciarán Quain , RLC 2014 2015