August Preparation Course for 4th and 5th Year Students

Monday 16 – Friday 20 August 2021

At The Institute of Education, we understand the challenges that students have faced over the last 18 months. We have changed our August courses to allow you to choose the learning environment that suits you; onsite, in person classes OR online, interactive classes.

Our August Preparation Course is a comprehensive 5-day course aimed specifically at students entering 4th and  5th year. During the course our expert teachers will lay the foundations for the year ahead by revisiting previously learned material and introducing some of the new topics students are likely to encounter during the year ahead.

The course provides students with onsite OR online classes – All classes are recorded.  These class recordings can be accessed by students right up to the end of the state exams in 2022.  We know from the class of 2021 that class recordings are an invaluable study aid and critical revision tool as students prepare for their assessments and exams over the coming academic year.

All our classes are supported by The Institute of Education’s legendary class notes, which will be printed and delivered free of charge in advance of the course.

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Students attending our 4th/5th Year August Preparation Course receive the following benefits:

  • All classes delivered by our expert teachers, recorded and available to review, rewind and re-watch up to the end of the state exams 2022
  • The opportunity to interact with teachers and ask questions in every class.
  • Comprehensive, exam-focused course notes, which will be printed and delivered free of charge nationwide. Notes are being distributed by An Post. (Please note delivery times can vary depending on the destination. Generally standard post items are delivered within 2-3 working days.)


To learn more about what will be covered in each subject, please select from the list below:



This course is structured to allow students entering 5th year Biology get a head start and provide them with important knowledge of key topics that will stay with them throughout the next two years of their Leaving Certificate. Students who attend this Biology course will have a great first experience with the subject and be able to enter 5th year full of confidence.

As each topic is covered during this week students will be shown challenging questions from the Leaving Certificate along with exam focused answers based on the marking scheme. Each student will get a set of notes on the topics listed below along with every exam question on that topic. These notes will contain what the student needs to know, nothing more or nothing less.

Day 1:

  • Human Circulatory System

Day 2:

  • Monera
  • Protista

Day 3:

  • Food
  • Cell Structure

Day 4:

  • Plant Responses
  • Human Senses

Day 5:

  • Introduction to Genetics
  • DNA Structure
  • DNA Profiling
  • Genetic Engineering



This course is designed to equip students with the confidence and knowledge they need to make a great start to 5th Year and succeed in Leaving Cert English.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Day 1 – Intro to Paper 1 – Structured Paragraphs and Essays, Intro to Discursive Essay Writing
  • Day 2 – Paper 1 – Comprehensions and Short Story Writing
  • Day 3 – Paper II – Intro to Poetry – Unseen Poetry & The Poetry of W.B. Yeats
  • Day 4 – Paper II – Intro to Tragedy – Shakespeare and the ‘Tragic Hero’
  • Day 5 – Paper II – The Comparative Study – Intro to Genre – Philadelphia, Here I Come!



This course is designed to give students insights and methodologies on how best to approach the various aspects of the Leaving Certificate Irish syllabus.

During the five days of this course we will cover the following topics:

  • Essays topics > Ábhar aistí
  • Poetry & Prose answers > Freagraí don fhilíocht & don phrós
  • Grammar> Gramadach
  • Reading Comprehension sample answers & hints > Léamhthuiscintí, freagraí samplacha & leideanna
  • Listening tips – Leideanna éisteachta
  • Key vocabulary & rich phrases – Eochair fhocail & nathanna saibhre



This course will revise aspects of the Junior Cycle course and bridge the gap to Senior Cycle content. Each session will start by reviewing material the students have previously covered and then build up, until they are working on Leaving Certificate Higher Level material.  By the end of the course, the students will have met many new concepts and be well prepared for starting into their 5th year Maths programme in September.

The material covered each day will be as follows:

  • Day 1: Algebra and Functions
  • Day 2: Complex Numbers and Sequences
  • Day 3: Area and Volume and Trigonometry
  • Day 4: Statistics and Probability
  • Day 5: Geometry and Co-ordinate Geometry

We are currently enrolling for our course which begins on Monday 16th August 2020.

Each subject chosen will run over 5 consecutive days.

Bookings will remain open until the beginning of the course week.

Leeson Street

Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202110:00Maths (Higher)
10:00Irish (Higher)
10:00English (Higher)
10:00Biology (Higher)
Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202111:30English (Higher)
11:30Maths (Higher)


Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202113:00Maths (Higher)
13:00Irish (Higher)
13:00English (Higher)
13:00Biology (Higher)

1 subject€265
2 subjects€465
3 subjects€540
4 subjects€590

Please note:

  • Credit Card payments accepted
  • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, enrolled on the same courses. Please contact our office at 01 661 3511 to avail of this discount.
  • Fees are non-transferable

Please click on each question below for an answer: 


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

A: Yes, you can enrol in other classes both online and at Leeson Street.


Q: Are the class notes available online?

A: No, a hard copy will be provided to each student from the teacher for the subjects they enrol in.


Q: How long is each class?

A: Each class lasts 75 minutes.


Q: How much is the fee per class?

A: This depends on the number of subjects taken. Please refer to the fees table to see a list of fees.


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

A: Yes, students are required to sign a roll sheet at each class they attend. The Institute however accepts no responsibility for students who fail to attend class.


Q: Can a 5th Year part-time student join a 6th Year class if the subject is not available at 5th Year level?

A: Yes, but consideration must be given to any changes in curriculum. Please contact our office to arrange this on 01 661 3511.


Q: Can part-time students take up an extra subject or a subject that is not available to them in their own school?

A: Yes, with consideration being given to the suitability of the subject. However, 5th Year students can join our 5th Year class.


Q: Are the classes conducted ‘lecture style’ or are students free to ask questions?

A: Our classes are interactive and our teachers use a variety of methods to ensure that students can ask questions and contribute to the class.


Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend further classes. Can I have a refund?

A: Should a student decide to discontinue their course at any stage, a refund will be processed for all remaining classes paid for in advance.


Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course. Can we buy the notes?

A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.