Student Rebecca Carter, who won her High Court case aimed at getting a marking mistake fixed in time for her to go to university, has this afternoon accepted an offer to study veterinary medicine at UCD.

The college offered her a place on the course this afternoon, following receipt of upgraded results from the State Examination Commission earlier today.

Ms Carter went to the High Court after an error in totting up marks on her leaving certificate business paper meant she lost out on the points required for the UCD course.

On Wednesday, the High Court ruled that the SEC speed up the appeal process so that Ms Carter would be eligible for a place at UCD before their deadline expired.

Ms Carter has said she is looking forward to finally celebrating her Leaving Certificate results with "a big hoo-haa" with family and friends this weekend.

Speaking this afternoon after receiving her offer, she said she felt overjoyed.

Ms Carter said she could finally put everything behind her now.

She also said she was delighted for every other student, who would now not have to go through what she had gone through.

She said the whole experience had been "extremely overwhelming", and she hoped that the same kind of errors would not occur again.

Ms Carter, of Castlebridge in Wexford, repeated the Leaving Certificate and had narrowly missed out on a place in veterinary medicine in UCD.

But when she reviewed her papers she found that marks on her business paper had been added up wrongly by the examiner.

If the mistake had not been made she would have received a H1 grade instead of H2 and would have had more than enough points for the course.

Ms Carter took the SEC to court after being told she would have to go through the full appeals process and a decision would not be available until after UCD had closed admissions for its courses this year.

This meant she would have had to wait another year before taking up her place.


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Mr Justice Richard Humphreys ruled earlier this week that the system was highly unfair, not fit for purpose and caused untold stress to students.  

He had ordered the commission to decide on Ms Carter's case by noon today.

A review of Ms Carter's Leaving Cert results showed that in her business exam, the examiner had wrongly totted up 17 plus 19 plus 30, to a total of 56 when it should have been 66.

Additional reporting: Orla O'Donnell