Leaving Certificate 2014 sees increased engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, with 27% of Maths students sitting the Higher-Level exam
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This year’s Leaving Certificate results have been released today (13 August). They reveal that more students are opting for Higher Level Mathematics and that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects are growing in popularity:

  • More students took the Higher-Level Mathematics exam than ever, with 27% of Maths students sitting the exam;
  • 448 more students opted for Chemistry in 2014, with 84% of Chemistry students sitting the Higher-Level exam;
  • There was an 11.3% increase in students studying Physics, the biggest percentage increase across the sciences in 2014;
  • 1,706 students took the Applied Mathematics exam this year, compared with 1,599 in 2013

Entry requirements for Engineering, Business and several other popular third-level courses are expected to rise this year as a result of the record number of students who gained bonus points for Higher-Level Maths in the Leaving Certificate . With more than 95 per cent passing the exam, there will be 13,660 students earning 25 bonus points for the CAO, nearly 1,100 more than last year.

Earlier this year, an increase was seen in initial first-preference Science-related applications for study at third level:

  • First-preference applications to Science courses in 2014 increased by almost 8% to 4916 applications;
  • Engineering also rose to 3,215 applications and technology courses rose to 13,608 applications;
  • First-preference applications in computing courses have increased by 31% since 2011.

Welcoming the strong performance, Dr Ruth Freeman, director of Strategy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland, congratulations to all students who received their results. “The increased number of students sitting science subjects and Higher Level Maths and their results this year is very encouraging,” she said. “I’m also delighted to see more students opting for STEM-based courses at third level.

“These young people’s achievements will ensure that Ireland continues to produce a pool of skilled graduates who will help to attract foreign investment and go on to create cutting edge products and services of tomorrow,” she added.

For those interested in finding out more about STEM careers, a host of information is available at SFI’s Smart Futures careers resource website www.smartfutures.ie. Smart Futures is SFI’s programme for promoting awareness of STEM careers to second level students and their influencers (parents, teachers, career guidance counsellors). It contains relevant information on STEM study and career options, including career profiles of individuals working in STEM-related jobs.

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  This year’s Leaving Certificate results have been released today (13 August). They reveal that more students are opting for Higher Level Mathematics and that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects are growing in popularity: More students took the Higher-Level Mathematics exam than ever, with 27% of Maths students sitting...