August Preparation Course for 6th 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 students to choose the learning environment that suits them best – either in-class OR online, interactive classes. Our 6th Year August 2021 Preparation Course is a comprehensive 5-day course aimed specifically at students entering 6th year of the Senior Cycle. During the course our expert teachers will lay the foundations for the year ahead by revisiting 5th Year material and introducing 6th Year topics.

The course provides students with the option to attend 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 6th 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 designed to give students insights and methodologies on how best to approach the various aspects of the Leaving Certificate Accounting syllabus.


  • Final Accounts
  • Interpretation of Accounts
  • Club Accounts
  • Cash Budgeting
  • Incomplete Records



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.

  • Energy Carriers
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Cell Division
  • Genetics
  • Human Reproduction
  • Nervous system



In this revision class, key aspects of two important units: Unit One and Unit Six.

Employment Legislation, Contract Law and Relationships in Business will be explored, along with an analysis of key economic variables and how they impact on business activity in Ireland at the present time.

The teacher will focus on key exam questions and exam strategies to help students build confidence and improve grades in the 2022 Higher Level exam.

With over thirty years experience teaching Business and Economics, the teacher will help guide your thinking and enhance your knowledge to help prepare for the year ahead.



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


  • The Periodic Table and formulas
  • Atomic radius and  electronegativity
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Concentrations of solutions and introduction to Volumetric Analysis
  • Introduction to Organic chemistry.


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


  • National Income
  • Market Structures
  • The Market Economy
  • Costs of Production
  • Elasticity



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

  • An approach to Paper 1 Reading Comprehension
    • This section is worth 25% of the overall grade. It consists of a critical analysis task and a creative writing task. We will look at the types of questions asked in this section, and discuss how to prepare for these tasks.
  • The Composition
    • This section is also worth 25% of the final grade. We will look at the different types of tasks set and will pay particular attention to how to compose an interesting personal essay.
  • An introduction to the Poetry of Brendan Kennelly and W.B. Yeats
    • These are the only Irish poets prescribed for study for 2022. An outline of the important themes and aspects of style that feature in both poets’ work will be provided.
  • 5 Key topics to revise for Othello
    • This is the single text that will be studied by most students. We will look at the most important topics to prepare and will look at some of the significant speeches and quotes from the play.
  • A guide to the Comparative modes
    • The three comparative modes prescribed for 2022 are:
      a) Literary Genre
      b) The General Vision and Viewpoint
      c) The Cultural Context
    • Explanation of these modes and an examination of the types of questions asked in this section, along with examples of good practice when writing a comparative essay, will be provided.



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.



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 2022/23

  • The course will introduce journalistic and literary Reading comprehension practice concentrating on answering skills and techniques required for the Leaving Certificate Exam 2022
  • Leaving Certificate German Oral marking scheme and format will be covered in detail including some roleplays and pictures sequences for the Oral exam in 2022.
  • 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 / Relative pronoun.
  • 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.



Physical Geography:

  • Plate tectonics
  • Formation of Rocks
  • Volcanos
  • Human Interaction with Rock Cycle
  • Folding and Faulting

Samples of other Sections
Analysis of Exam Papers



This Five-Day course has been carefully designed to make sure 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.

During our preparation course we will open each class with the marking scheme, followed by the most common pitfalls to be found in answers, fine tune our own language skills, before finishing off our classes with sample answers and exam analysis.

Day 1: 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: The Verbal Noun

Day 2: 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 the 2021 Poetry questions of Géibheann and An Spailpín Fánach and what it really requires from students.
Grammar: Masculine and Feminine Nouns

Day 3: The Oral 
How can I get top marks in the Oral? On Day Three, 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

Day 4: An Triail 
Just how long does my answer need to be? Day Four will provide an analysis of the previous exam questions that came up for An Triail. Our notes will analyse the cultural backdrop in which the drama took place and why this significantly impacted the interaction of the characters.
Grammar: Prepositions in Irish

Day 5: 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 the 2021 prose questions of Oisín i dTír na n-Óg and Dís. 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: Indirect Speech



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



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


  • 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 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 August 202110:00Business (Higher)
10:00English (Higher)
10:00German (Higher)
10:00Geography (Higher)
10:00Irish (Higher)
10:00Maths (Higher)
Mon 16 - Fri 20 August 202111:30Accounting (Higher)
11:30Biology (Higher)
11:30Chemistry (Higher)
11:30English (Higher)
11:30French (Higher)
11:30Maths (Higher)


Mon 16 - Fri 20 August 202110:00Physics (Higher)
10:00Economics (Higher)
Mon 16 - Fri 20 August 202111:30Business (Higher)
11:30German (Higher)
11:30Irish (Higher)
11:30Physics (Higher)
Mon 16 - Fri 20 August 202113:00Biology (Higher)
13:00Chemistry (Higher)
13:00English (Higher)
13:00Maths (Higher)
13:00French (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.