6th Year August Preparation Course

Monday 12th – Friday 16th August

 

Our 6th Year August Preparation Course gives Leaving Certificate 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.

  • Exam-Focused Notes

    Delivered FREE nationwide for online classes

  • Expert Teachers

    Answers to all your questions

  • Examiner Insights

    Get the strategies to SUCCEED

  • FREE Class Recordings

    Rewatch until the end of the State Exams 2025

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

Accounting

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

Topics:

  • Final Accounts
  • Interpretation of Accounts
  • Club Accounts
  • Published Accounts
  • Marginal Costing

 

Biology

This course is structured to provide students entering 6th year with the confidence that is essential for achieving their full potential in their Leaving Certificate Biology exam. It will give students a head start in 6th year by gaining the important knowledge on the key topics that are nearly always present on the exam paper.

For students who feel not enough of the course was covered in 5th year or found Biology difficult, this one week course will help you start 6th year feeling prepared for the Leaving Certificate Biology exam. For students attending this course hoping to achieve top marks, challenging questions with exam focused answers based on the marking scheme will be carried out.

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. At the end of the week students will also be aware of the number of questions that are asked from unit one, unit two and unit three which will influence their study plans greatly.

  • Scientific Method
  • Food
  • Ecology
  • Cell Structure
  • Cell Division
  • Cell Diversity
  • Enzymes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Osmosis
  • Diffusion

 

Chemistry

This course has been carefully designed to ensure students start their 6th year feeling confident. While students may have lost time in 5th year, this course will bring them up to speed covering the most important aspects of the curriculum.

  • The Periodic Table and Formulas
  • Stoichiometry
  • Volumetric Analysis
  • Fuels
  • Atomic Radius and Electronegativity

 

English

This course is designed to reinforce the key skills required for success in Leaving Certificate Higher Level English.

Topics covered will include:

Session 1 – Paper 1:

1) Comprehension
2) Approaching Section A
3) Short Questions and “Elements of Style”
4) Exam Technique and Timing
5) Preparing a study plan for LC English in 6th Year

Session 2 – Paper 1:

1). “Speeches and Debates” for Section B (50-Mark answers)

2). Composing (100-Mark answers)

Session 3 – Paper 2:

1). Shakespeare (King Lear) – “Main Plot & Sub-Plot” / “Theme of Justice”

Session 4 – Paper 2:

1). Approaching the Unseen Poem

2). Introduction to the Comparative Question

Session 5 – Paper 2:

1). Poetry of Sylvia Plath

2). Theme and Language

3). Selection of poems and structure of sample responses

Students will leave this course with a definite sense of the requirements for success in this exam. They will also have a roadmap for how to navigate 6th year through incremental learning, as well as a clear understanding of the marking scheme and time management in the exam

 

French

This course gives a comprehensive overview of key elements of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level French syllabus.
Topics from:

  • Grammar: 5 core tenses.
  • Reading and Listening Exam techniques and vocabulary.
  • Written production: Narrative story, Diary entry, Opinion piece, Fax/Email.
  • Oral preparation: the new oral examination topics, the document.

 

German

This August German course will develop and reinforce the four language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing, while concentrating on the Skills and Grammar required for the Leaving Certificate Exam 2025.

  • The course will introduce journalistic and literary Reading comprehension practice concentrating on answering skills and techniques required for the Leaving Certificate Exam 2025.
  • Leaving Certificate German Oral marking scheme and format will be covered in detail including some roleplays and pictures sequences for the Oral exam in 2025.
  • A range of important Oral and Written themes will be covered.
  • Productive writing techniques and essential Grammar needed for the written paper.
  • Essential Grammar areas covered … Tenses/ Cases / Word Order
  • Aural comprehension practice with emphasis on essential skills required for the aural exam.

The course will concentrate on building up and developing the student’s communicative skills in written and oral proficiency to enable them to achieve their maximum potential in their Leaving Certificate.

 

Irish

This course is designed to reinforce the key skills required for success in Leaving Certificate Higher Level Irish and has been carefully designed to make sure students start their 6th year feeling confident.

During our preparation course we will fine tune our own language skills, analyse the marking scheme, examine the most common pitfalls to be found in answers but focusing on sample answers and core knowledge.

The Essay
How long should the essay be? In this class, we will look at common mistakes to avoid while undertaking the essay. We will cover a broad range of social and political topics from previous exam papers while introducing you to the concept of ‘idiomatic Irish’ for top marks. I will also show you how to effectively study and revise for the essay question.

Grammar: Verbs and Sentence Structure

Poetry
Is my Irish or subject more important here? In this class I will show you how to structure a poetry answer properly. I will show you the marking scheme, but we will also take a special look at past poetry questions and what they really require.

Grammar: Masculine and Feminine Nouns

The Oral
How can I get top marks in 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.

Grammar: The Genitive Case in Irish (An Tuiseal Ginideach)

Prose Literature
We will look at why quality is always more important than quantity when it comes to Prose. We will take a look at past prose questions. I will introduce you to the marking scheme from this section, highlight common pitfalls to avoid and provide you with sample material in order to tackle these questions.

Grammar: Prepositions in Irish

 

Maths

This course is designed for students who have completed a 5th year programme.  Schools do not all teach the same content, in the same order, in 5th year.  With that in mind, this course will revise the most common material covered in 5th year by most schools and also introduce concepts and material that will be new to the students.  By the end of the course, the students will be well prepared for starting into their 6th year Maths programme in September.

Topics from:

  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Introduction to Probability
  • Introduction to Differentiation

 

Physics

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

Topics:

  • Day 1: Mechanics: Newton’s laws and acceleration due to gravity.
  • Day 2: Sound and Waves: Doppler Effect and Sound Intensity.
  • Day 3: Light: Reflection and Refraction.
  • Day 4: Electricity: Current and Conduction.
  • Day 5: Heat and Temperature: Thermometers and Specific Heat Capacity

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


DateTimeSubject
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202410:00English (Higher)
10:00German (Higher)
10:00Irish (Higher)
10:00Maths (Higher)
10:00Physics (Higher)
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202411:30Accounting (Higher)
11:30Biology (Higher)
11:30Chemistry (Higher)
11:30French (Higher)
11:30Maths (Higher)


Online

DateTimeSubject
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202411:30Irish (Higher)
11:30Physics (Higher)
11:30English (Higher)
Mon 12 - Fri 16 Aug 202413:00Biology (Higher)
13:00Chemistry (Higher)
13:00French (Higher)
13:00Maths (Higher)

SubjectsFee
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. Notes are also available online on our student platform Moodle.

 

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.