Key Dates for the 2019/20 School Year

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Being organised is a no-brainer when it comes to studying well. One of the steps in being organised with your school year is knowing all the important dates in your calendar: deadlines, application dates, open days, etc. and working towards them, knowing how much time you have.

Here, we've saved you time by listing all of the major dates in this year's school calendar, and categorising them into School Holidays, Leaving Cert dates and Junior Cert dates so you can see them all in one place.

We recommend printing out our Year Planner and filling in the important dates for you.


School Holidays:

October 2019 mid-term break

Monday 28th October 2019 to Friday 1st November 2019.

Christmas 2019

Schools close on Friday 20st December 2019.
Schools re-open on Monday 6th January 2020

February 2020 mid-term break

Schools close from Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 2020.

Easter 2020

Schools close on Friday 3rd April 2020 and reopen on Monday 20th April 2020.


Leaving Cert:

Higher Options 2019 (Dublin)

18-20th September 2019. The Dublin-based event where you can check out your options after the LC. Universities, colleges and more have stands with all the information you need about furthering your studies. If you get the opportunity to attend Higher Options this year, make sure to check out this blog before you go!

HPAT (Health Professionals Admission Test) Registration Deadline

20 January 2020 5.15pm. Most people looking to pursue Medicine at 3rd Level Education will have to take the HPAT. If you want to do this, make sure to register before this date!

CAO Application Deadline

1st February 2020. This is the closing date for CAO Applications. This does not mean that you can't change the order of your preferences on your CAO after this date, it just means you need to have an idea put down on paper. We give loads of advice on how to fill in your CAO application here.

Interviews, Portfolios, Performances, etc.

February-April 2020. For some courses, you are required to attend an interview, sit an extra exam, present a portfolio or perform. These courses range from Art to Music to Medicine where these extra assesments are needed in addition to your Leaving Cert to achieve a place on the course. Check the CAO website regularly for updates on when these will take place.

The Oral Exams

The exact date you will have your oral exam will depend on your school, and the time frame has not yet been announced, although they usually take place between late March and the end of April. For advice on the orals, check out our blog page and subject guides or our blog on how to learn a language. We also have a podcast on how to tackle the oral exams.
The Music Practical also take place during this time which is worth 50% of your overall grade. We have the best advice for the practical in our How to get a H1 in Music Guide.

The Written Exam for Leaving Certificate Vocational Progamme (LCVP) Links Modules

(to be confirmed). The Written Examination is worth 40% and takes place in your own school in early May sometime from 10:00-12:30. You can help yourself become familar with the topics asked on the LCVP paper here.

CAO Change of Mind

6th May 2020The CAO Change of Mind facility opens, this will allow you to change your choices and the order of preference of your choices on your CAO Application. The Change of Mind closes on the 1st of July 2020 where it will remain closed. All your questions regarding the CAO Change of Mind are answered here.

First day of Leaving Cert Examinations

3rd June 2020. It is a Wednesday and will begin with English Paper 1. Check out the rest of our blog page for great tips on studying and the exams. If you need to organise your study, try downloading our study planner to print out and fill in to keep you on the right track. 😊


Junior Cert:

CBA Deadlines and Timeframes

Classroom-based assessments in subjects like English, Business Studies and Science have different deadlines, windows and important dates for you to know. Check this out for specific information on your subjects.

Home Economics Project Deadline

March 2020 (exact date to be confirmed). 

The JC Home Ec and Music Practical Exams

(to be confirmed) The exact date you will have your Music/Home Ec practical exam will depend on your school, but it will be around Easter time, check back here later when the timeframe is confirmed. 
Check out how to get an A in JC Music, or how to get an A in JC Home Ec.

First day of Junior Cert Examinations

3rd June 2020. It is a Wednesday. Check out the rest of our blog page for great tips on studying and the exams. If you need to organise your study, try downloading our study planner to print out and fill in to keep you on the right track. 😊


Have a great school year! Remember to stay organised and get in touch with us at any time if you have any questions or need any support. 


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