The Department of Education has announced a commitment to changes aimed at reducing the points pressure on Leaving Certificate students.
They include a reduction in the number of degree programmes in areas including arts, business and the sciences in favour of more broad-based courses.
The number of courses available has almost trebled since the year 2000, from 387 then to 946 now.
The number of Leaving Certificate grading bands will also be reduced.
Currently there are 14 different grades, such as A1, A2, B1 etc.
Measures will also be taken to address predictability in the Leaving Certificate examination.
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said current Leaving Certificate students, as well as those currently in fifth year, would not be affected by the proposed changes.
Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, the minister said that changes aimed at reducing the points pressure on Leaving Certificate students will be introduced in September 2014 at the earliest.