The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their leaving certificate results and to give them the maturity to proceed with confidence to higher education with the assistance of our career guidance, counselling and study programmes.

To date the programme has been very successful in enabling students to progress to higher education within their chosen careers.

English Chemistry
Mathematics Physics
Irish Agricultural Science
French Business
German Design and Communication Graphics
History Art
Geography Biology
  • All options are subject to viable numbers.
  • All subjects are offered at higher level.  Irish, Mathematics and foreign languages are the only subjects offered at ordinary level.

Candidates should have pursued the Leaving Certificate taking the higher level in some subjects and must have a genuine desire to secure an overall improvement in their results. Successful candidates must enrol for six subjects.

  • 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

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: In February/March 2020, the Leaving Certificate examination fee will be paid to the Department of Education. Pre Leaving Certificate examination fee €60 and student services €250. In 2019, the fee was €437, including €127 DES LC fee (exempt for medical card holders). See Payment for details.
  • Certification: Leaving Certificate
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My time in Cork College of Commerce was one of the most rewarding years of my life so far. The teachers in the Repeat Leaving Certificate Course are some of the best I’ve ever had – their dedication and fantastic teaching methods enabled me to improve on my previous Leaving Certificate by over 100 points and achieve my dream course of Veterinary Medicine in UCD. I cannot thank and praise them high enough for all that they did. The camaraderie built between classmates is also second to none as everyone bonds over the shared experience of repeating the Leaving Cert and I have found fantastic friends as a result of my time in Cork College of Commerce. As long as you are willing to learn and put a little work in, the results you get from Cork College of Commerce will far outweigh your expectations, as it did for me and many others.

Keira Whitbread, Veterinary Medicine, UCD

When I got my results last year I knew I wouldn’t get the course I wanted. After a while I realised that my best option is to repeat. It wasn’t as hard as everyone made it out to be, and I actually enjoyed my time in College of Commerce. I made good friends, the teachers and staff were really nice and I’m on track to get my course. Being here was fun, while also helping to significantly improve my results. So overall, I would definitely recommend College of Commerce to anyone who fell short of the course they wanted.

Kornelia Pyciak, Repeat Leaving Certificate

My time in College of Commerce was a positive one. Although I was doing a second level course it was more enjoyable and less stressful in a third level environment. The study hall gave me an opportunity to study during any free time during the day and after classes had finished for the day.

All the staff couldn’t do enough to help. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in the College of Commerce.

Rebecca O'Connell, Student nurse in Tralee IT

Repeating the Leaving Cert was never going to be an easy task, but the teachers in the College of Commerce are talented, motivated and very much so engaged with the material. I always felt the staff were friendly and approachable. With a decent bit of effort on my part I found the College of Commerce was a great environment to learn and to achieve my goals.

Conor Pratt

Like many people entering the Repeat Leaving Cert course in College of Commerce, I had low expectations. I thought it was going to be a miserable year watching my friends go into College while I had to resit the leaving cert. It wasn’t. This college has a completely different atmosphere to that of secondary schools. You’re treated like an adult and have more freedom. Obviously I had to work hard, but the change in environment, better facilities and high standard of teachers made this year enjoyable for me in a way it wasn’t last year. It also gave me more time to think about what I really wanted to do, and I’m now in a position where I know I’m going into a course that I’m going to love instead of dropping out because I settled for something I didn’t really want to do(like some people I know). I’m also going into college having made really good friends, who were all in the same boat I was. Repeating the leaving cert was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Sam McMangan

I have learnt many valuable life lessons from my time at Cork College of Commerce. The staff and students there helped me to understand the importance of having a balance between study and life. I now know that it is essential to be focussed in school to achieve your goal but that it is also necessary to maintain a social life so that your mental health is positive. A positive mentality is crucial for success and through the independence I was granted this year at Cork College of Commerce I learned how to balance both. I strongly believe that this will aid me in university and throughout the rest of my life. I was treated like an adult in Cork College of Commerce and this allowed me to become much more independent and mature. It was more than a school for me because as well as learning the leaving cert curriculum, I also learned many things about myself. I am feeling confident for the upcoming exams and I am very grateful to all the staff who have been extremely supportive all year. Repeating the leaving cert is no joke but I am glad that I decided to come to Cork College of Commerce this year.

Aoibhinn O'Sullivan, Repeat Leaving Certificate

Repeating the Leaving Cert was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but that decision was made so much easier by the support of College of Commerce. After being unable to sit the Leaving Cert the year before due to illness, they were so supportive and accommodating of my situation and were so helpful in making up for the work that I missed and preparing me for my exams. It’s a much more relaxed environment to secondary school and it makes it much easier to talk to teachers about any problems you have or anything you need to go over. The standard of teaching is at a very high level and I would definitely recommend college of commerce to anyone that is thinking of repeating the Leaving Cert.

Aaron Purcell, Repeat Leaving Certificate

Making the decision to go back to repeat my leaving cert when all my friends were moving on to study courses that they love was a difficult one. However, one week in know I had made the right choice of school to repeat in. The structure of the course and the support I received from staff and the course director from the very beginning was second to none. In my opinion I definitely made the right choice and couldn’t be happier with my choice. Cork College of Commerce has definitely made this year easier.

Kate O'Donovan, Repeat Leaving Certificate