Studying Applied Maths Independently

Live online tuition to help 6th Year students, looking to study a subject outside of school, prepare with confidence for the Leaving Certificate Exams.

Please Note: This course commenced in September 2023.

Enrolment is now only available to students sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2025.

Students considering taking the subject for Leaving Certificate 2026, can attend a sample class.


Subject choice is a vital part of student success in the Leaving Certificate. The challenge of the Leaving Certificate is less daunting when students study subjects that they are interested in, or are related to their field of future study or simply subjects that they are good at. Unfortunately, sometimes students are unable to access the subjects they want in their schools. Over the last 40 Years, students have attended weekly grinds at The Institute of Education and with the help of our teachers studied many subjects outside of school, over the last number of years, the number of students taking this “independent” option has increased.

This year we are introducing a specific course for students who are studying a subject outside or independently of their school.  Unlike “grinds”, students attending this class will be assigned homework, class tests will be set, feedback will be provided through a formal Christmas report. Students will be expected to fully participate in class, the teachers will know your name! The weekly class time is 120 minutes, over 29 weeks, this extra class time will allow our teacher dedicate sufficient time to covering the syllabus. The majority of the tuition will be delivered online.  Depending on the subject, a small number of classes may be delivered onsite.

While the focus of the classes will be Leaving Certificate 2024, students preparing for Leaving Certificate 2025 will be permitted to attend the course.  Students preparing for Leaving Certificate 2025, may not be required to attend all classes (depending on project components and practical requirements), and a 50% discount will be applied for the 2nd year of the course.

Taking on a subject out side of school is a significant undertaking, it requires hard work and perseverance, but with the exceptional teachers on this course, it is very possible and can be hugely rewarding.

Students studying a subject outside of school with us receive:

  • Access to expert teachers
  • Answers to their questions
  • Exam focused notes
  • Exam strategies & examiner insights
  • Recordings of all live classes to rewatch right up to the end of the 2024 Leaving Certificate exams

Our formula for success:

Expert Teachers + Exam Focused Notes + Live Class Recordings = Better Leaving Cert Results

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Students studying a subject outside of school with us receive:

  • Access to expert teachers
  • Answers to their questions
  • Exam focused notes
  • Exam strategies & examiner insights

This course will feature:

  1. Class duration 120 minutes/week
  2. Homework assigned and corrections shared
  3. At Least 1 Progress Test (Christmas) with report
  4. A Mock Exam
  5. Support with Projects, where appropriate

Below, you will find more about what will be covered on this Applied Maths course.

The Applied Maths course will be taught by Dr. Brendan Williamson.

Course Content

The Applied Maths syllabus covers a variety of topics, designed to solve problems arising in physics, computer science, business and finance. This course explores each topic in turn by first explaining the ideas behind, and motivation for the topic at hand, as well as applications to further study and professions. More concrete problems are then tackled, and once a level of proficiency and understanding is achieved focus is shifted to exam papers.

The topics covered are listed below.

  • Linear Motion
  • Projectiles
  • Connected Particles
  • Collisions
  • Circular Motion
  • Networks and Graphs
  • Algorithms on Graphs
  • Project Scheduling
  • Dynamic Programming
  • Difference Equations
  • Differential Equations


Late in the first term students will be guided through a project which accounts for 20% of their final Leaving Cert grade. Some classwork time will be dedicated to this, both for general instruction and for student questions. However, as these are individual projects most feedback and advice will be given individually to students by email or video chat between classes.

Notes & Homework

Comprehensive notes will be given to students in advance of classes. They are designed not only to be followed during the first contact with a topic, but also to be an adequate revision tool after the fact. Multiple worked examples are provided, as well as questions to be worked through during class time, homework to be completed after each class, and a large bank of revision questions for students revisiting the chapter.


Homework will be collected (via online submission) and graded every week, with individual feedback given before the next class. A Christmas assessment and a mock exam will also be scheduled, which online students can complete in-person or online. End of chapter tests will also be provided and graded where possible. Between coursework discussion and assessment students will be individually monitored and informed of any issues that arise.

Our live online classes are taught by our expert teachers using Microsoft Teams. This technology is reliable, intuitive and familiar to many students. It allows the teachers to dedicate their full attention to teaching and students to focus on learning.

This method of class delivery offers many advantages to students:

Interaction: Each student can interact with their teacher before, during and after class. Similarly, teachers can interact with their students either individually or as a class group

Progression: This two-way communication enables teachers to accurately gauge students’ ongoing progress and understanding.

Clarification: Students may message their teachers directly if they prefer to seek further explanation on a particular point without interrupting the class.

Over 4,000 students attended online classes with us in the last 12 months. 97% of students who did so said that they were very satisfied with the class delivery and format.

Our commitment to you: whether you choose to attend your classes online or on-site you can be assured that the outcome will be exceptional

Please note:
Login details for online classes will be issued to students by email before the start of the course.

We have provided answers to other Frequently Asked Questions below, but if you have any other questions, please contact

Online Grinds FAQs

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Q: If I enrol in an online class, can I also avail of classes at Leeson Street?

A: Yes, you can enrol in other classes at Leeson Street. Click here for details.


Q: How do I access my online classes?

A: Students enrolled on the course will receive an email from us containing their unique login details and links to access their chosen subjects. Login credentials will be sent in advance of course start date. Only those details sent to you will enable you to successfully access classes online.


Q: How are the online hosted?

A: All online classes are hosted live on Microsoft Teams. The links to the weekly classes are accessed via Moodle. Students must sign into both Moodle and MS Teams with the login credentials sent to the student.


Q: Are the online classes pre-recorded?

A: No, each online class is streamed live as per the timetable. Recordings of classes will be available after each live class is completed. These can then be replayed as a revision aid.


Q: Will I have access to recordings of the live classes?

A: Yes, recordings of classes will be available after each live class is completed. These can then be replayed as a revision aid. These will be available up until the end of the State exams 2023.


Q: Are there any specific requirements to attending online classes?

A: We would advise that all students enrolling in our online grinds have the following:
• Access to a reliable wifi service.
• Access to a PC, Laptop, Tablet, or similar device.
• We would not recommend using a mobile phone.
• Headphones/earphones.


Q: If I'm attending the online classes will I have access to the notes?

A: Yes, students enrolled in online classes will receive a monthly delivery of notes for each chosen subject. Please allow five working days for delivery from the time of booking.


Q: Are the class notes available online?

A: No, a hard copy will be posted out to each student for the subjects they enrol in, on a monthly basis.


Q: How long is each weekly class?

A: Each class lasts 120 minutes.


Q: How much is the fee per class?

A: The total fee for this course is €1,750.


Q: Can I cancel my classes and get a refund?

A: Yes, though please note: Classes are taught for 29 weeks. A refund (or partial refund) can be given for requests made on or before Week 17, 28th January 2023. A request for a refund can be made by contacting our office on 01 6613511 or


Q: How many weeks of tuition are there in the weekly course?

A: There are 29 weeks of tuition between September and May. Students will have one class per subject booked per week  (29 classes).


Q: Are there any breaks or holidays during the year for students attending weekly classes?

A: Yes, the classes schedule generally follows the normal school calendar with breaks at mid-terms, Christmas & Easter.  Please refer to the timetable for more details


Q: Is attendance at weekly classes and part-time courses monitored?

A: Yes, attendance is monitored for each class attended. The Institute however accepts no responsibility for students who fail to attend class.


Q: What style are the classes conducted in? Can students ask questions?

A: Our classes run in a more lecture style than most students might be used to in school, but they are also interactive, and teachers will use a variety of methods to ensure that students can learn and understand and feel comfortable asking questions and contributing to the class.


Q: For weekly classes, does the beginning of a new term mean the start of a new course?

A: No, in the weekly classes each subject commences in September and runs through to the end of the academic year in May. Students can catch up on what they have missed by reviewing the previous class recordings and notes.


Q: If I want to join weekly classes during the year, can I find out what is yet to be covered on the course and what I have missed?

A: Each teacher has their own individual teaching plan for the year and will be able to advise on this.


Q: My son/daughter cannot attend the weekly classes. Can we buy the notes?

A: No, teaching is a central part of all our courses and classes.  The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of what was covered in class by the teacher.

For the Academic Year 2023/24 this Applied Maths Course will take place every Tuesday at 17:30 as per the Weekly Schedule below.

NOTE: All classes are 120 minutes in duration.

*Students may join at any stage throughout the year, subject to availability.

Weekly Schedule

WeekWeek CommencingNote
12nd Sept 2024First Week
29th Sept 2024
316th Sept 2024
423rd Sept 2024
530th Sept 2024
67th Oct 2024
714th Oct 2024
821st Oct 2024
No Classes30th Oct 2024Mid-Term
94th Nov 2024
1011th Nov 2024
1118th Nov 2024
1225th Nov 2024
132nd Dec 2024
149th Dec 2024
No Classes16th Dec 2024Christmas
No Classes23rd Dec 2024Christmas
No Classes30th Dec 2024Christmas
156th Jan 2025
1613th Jan 2025
1720th Jan 2025
1827th Jan 2025
193rd Feb 2025St. Brigid's Bank Holiday, Classes as normal this week, including Bank Holiday Monday 3rd February 2025
2010th Feb 2025
No Classes17th Feb 2025February Mid Term
2124th Feb 2025
223rd March 2025
2310th March 2025
No Classes17th March 2025St Patrick's Week
2424th March 2025
2531st March 2025
267th April 2025
No Classes14th April 2025Easter Break
No Classes21st April 2025Easter Break
2728th April 2025
285th May 2025**May Bank Holiday. No classes Mon 5th May. Classes as normal Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th May.
2912th May 2025

*Classes will be taught on Bank Holiday Monday 5th Feb ’24
**No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May’24. Classes will be taught instead on Monday 27th May.

The fee for enrolling in this course is: €1,280.

All students joining our weekly classes now will receive access to recordings of all the classes for which they have enrolled.  In addition, they will have access to recordings of the classes that have already taken place since the start of the course. This is an invaluable aid when it comes to revision. Class recordings are available to the end of State Exams 2024.

Please note:

  • Card payments accepted.
  • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, attending the same courses. Please contact our office to avail of this discount.
  • Fees are non-transferable.
  • Installment payment option available (Not available online – Please phone to avail of this payment plan – 01 661 3511)
    • Installment 1 due when order is placed. Installment 1 pays for weeks 8 to 17.
    • Installment 2 due before Monday 29th Jan 2024 (Start week 18).