Bonus Points for Maths

The universities have introduced a pilot initiative to support the implementation of the new Project Maths curriculum in Irish schools, and specifically to encourage more school pupils to sit Higher Level Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate.

The scheme involves a bonus of 25 points for students who score grade D3 or above in Higher Level Mathematics. While the bonus still rewards high attainers, it is particularly attractive to those students who are capable of strong results at Ordinary Level Maths, but who are concerned about the extra demands of the Higher Level course. The scheme has been introduced for a four year pilot period commencing for the Leaving Certificate 2012 and will be reviewed in 2014.

Implementation of Bonus Points for Higher Level Mathematics 
by the Universities, DIT & RCSI

Points awarded:
A bonus of 25 points will be allocated to students who achieve a grade D3 or above in higher level (HL) mathematics. This means that the maximum cumulative LC points total will increase from 600 to 625 (existing maximum points plus bonus points).

Time scale:
The scheme is to be introduced for a four year pilot period commencing leaving certificate 2012 and will be reviewed in 2014.


  • All students presenting HD3 or above in HL mathematics will have 25 points added to their score for mathematics
  • The six highest subject points scores will then be counted to achieve a cumulative points score, as is normal practice

The bonus points will only be relevant in cases where the subject HL mathematics (including bonus points) is scored as one of the candidate’s six best subjects for points purposes. Consequently, if HL mathematics (cumulative points score) is not among these six subjects, the bonus points will not be included in the total points score.

Date of examination:
Bonus points will be awarded during the 4 year pilot period irrespective of the year in which the examinations were taken.

The maximum possible adjusted points score for applicants to Medicine will increase from 560 to 565. (For all scores over 550, each 5 point band equals one extra point.) The baseline score of 480 points will still apply but can include the bonus points if HL mathematics (cumulative points) is among the best six subjects.

EU other than Irish examinations:
All EU students presenting for admission to an Irish university with a clear equivalent to HL Mathematics as one of their EU school leaving subjects will be awarded bonus points. A scoring system for GCE, International Baccalaureate and European Baccalaureate examinations will be prepared as a matter of urgency.
The table below illustrates the impact of the bonus points.

% Range LC Grade Points for HL Maths, including 25 bonus points Existing points for HL subjects inc maths Points for Ordinary Level subjects
90 – 100 A1 125 100 60
85 – 89.99 A2 115 90 50
80 – 84.99 B1 110 85 45
75 – 79.99 B2 105 80 40
70 – 74.99 B3 100 75 35
65 – 69.99 C1 95 70 30
60 – 64.99 C2 90 65 25
55 – 59.99 C3 85 60 20
50 – 54.99 D1 80 55 15
45 – 49.99 D2 75 50 10
40 – 44.99 D3 70 45 5
25 – 39.99 E 0 0 0
10 – 24.99 F 0 0 0
0 – 9.99 NG 0 0 0