5th Year August Preparation Course

Monday 12th – Friday 16th August

Our 5th Year August Preparation Course gives students the opportunity to prepare to return to the classroom after the summer holidays.

Throughout this comprehensive 5 day prep course, our expert Institute of Education teachers will lay the foundations for the year ahead.

Students can choose to study through fully interactive online and/or onsite classes, at our Leeson Street Campus in Dublin City Centre. All students attending online classes will receive their exam-focused course notes in the post. Those attending onsite classes will receive their notes in the classroom.

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  • FREE Class Recordings

    Rewatch until the end of the State Exams 2025

Due to planned maintenance, online enrolment for this course will be unavailable from 9am – 5pm,

Saturday 29th June.

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


Topics covered will include:

Session 1 – Intro to Paper 1:

Structured Paragraphs and Essays, Intro to Discursive Essay Writing

Session 2 – Paper 1:

Comprehensions and Short Story Writing

Session 3 – Paper 2:

Shakespeare – An Introduction to Macbeth

Session 4 – Paper 2:

Intro to Poetry – Unseen Poetry and writing about poetic technique

Session 5 – Paper 2:

Poetry – An Introduction to the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop



This course has been carefully designed to make sure students start their 5th year feeling confident, having a broad understanding of the journey they will undertake over the following 2 years. I will introduce you tot he marking scheme, highlight common pitfalls to avoid and provide you with sample material in order to focus your learning and tackle exams effectively.

During our preparation course we will open engage with the core aspects of the Leaving Certificate course. We will focus on how to analyse liiterature, fine tune our own language skills, build on needed terminology and vocabulary to achieve and we will also engage with vital grammar such as; prepositions in Irish, verbs and sentence structure, masculine and feminine nouns and the genitive case in Irish (An Tuiseal Ginideach).

The Essay
We will discuss a broad range of social and political topics for essay writing and look at how to handle the titles from previous exam papers. We will engage with a sample essay which will provide the foundations for future essay writing.

We will discuss the 5 core poems and 5 prose pieces on the course and I will show you how to structure these answers properly, which will enable you to identify what you need to know to achieve in your study.

The Oral

I will explain the setting of the exam and what to expect. I will show you the most common pitfalls that prevent students from getting their top marks and you will also get a set of sample answers for a broad range of the oral topics.



Topics from:

  • Algebra and Functions
  • Complex Numbers and Sequences
  • Area and Volume and Tigonometry
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Geometry and Co-ordinate Geometry

We are currently enrolling for our course which begins on Monday 12th August 2024.

Each class is 1 hour and 15 minutes and each subject chosen will run over 5 consecutive days.

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

Leeson Street

Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202410:00English (Higher)
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202411:30Maths (Higher)
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202413:00Irish (Higher)


Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202411:30English (Higher)
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202413:00Maths (Higher)

1 subject€315
2 subjects€545
3 subjects€640
4 subjects€710
Additional Subjects€70

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: What subjects are available online?

A: Please click here to view the timetable of subjects offered online.


Q: What subjects are available in Leeson Street?

A: Please click here to view the timetable of subjects offered in Leeson Street.


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 link to access their chosen subjects through our online student platform, Moodle. Login credentials will be sent in advance of the course start date. Only those details sent to you will enable you to successfully access classes online.


Q: How are the online classes 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 @instituteofeducation.ie login credentials sent to the student.


Q: Are the online classes pre-recorded?

A: Each online class is taught live with the teacher and class group as per the timetable. Recordings of each class will be available after each live class is completed. These can then be replayed as a revision aid until the end of June 2025.


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. All classes are also recorded live. You will be able to re-watch, pause and rewind the class recordings as often as you wish, making them an invaluable revision aid. The live recordings will be available until the end of the State Exams in 2025.
We advise that all students enrolling in our online classes have access to the following:
– A reliable Wi-Fi service
– A PC, Laptop, Tablet or similar device (We would recommend not to use a mobile phone)
– Headphone/Earphones


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

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


Q: If I enrol in an online class can I still also enrol in other classes in Leeson Street?

A: Yes, Students can enrol in a mixture of classes online and at our school campus in Leeson Street.


Q: Are my onsite classes recorded?

A: Yes, All classes, whether online or onsite, are recorded and available to students to watch back online for revision. All students will be sent login details for our student platform; Moodle, where they can watch back any of their classes.


Q: Are the class notes available online?

A: Yes, notes are available online on our student platform Moodle.


Q: How long is each class?

A: Each class is 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration each day for 5 days.


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: 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: 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: Can my son/daughter join the course after it has started?

A: Yes, students are welcome to join after the course has started, the full fee will apply, and students will get access to the recordings of classes that have already taken place. Notes for online classes will be posted, please allow up to 5 working days for delivery.


Q: My son/daughter cannot attend the course. 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.


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

A: Yes, refunds can be organised for cancelled classes if our office is notified before the course commences. A request for a refund can be made by contacting our office on 01 6613511 or helpdesk@instituteofeducation.ie.