Weekly Grinds for 5th Year Students

Classes commencing in September for the Academic Year 2020/21

For over 50 years, The Institute of Education has been trusted by students and their parents to deliver the highest quality, most effective exam-focused tuition in Ireland. Taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, our renowned Weekly Grinds provide 5th year students with consistent, expert tuition throughout the year, ensuring they never fall behind in class and have the confidence and knowledge to succeed at Senior Cycle level.

Students attending these weekly classes receive the following benefits:

  • Tuition from highly qualified and experienced educators.
  • Comprehensive, exam focused course notes, which support classroom tuition.
  • Strategies for maximising exam performance.


**Sample a Class for FREE!**
Any of our weekly grinds can be sampled free of charge throughout the year. Advance booking is required. Please contact our office on 01 661 3511 to book your place.


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


Accounting (H)

This course focuses on continuous practise of likely topics on the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Accounting exam, with particular emphasis on how students can maximise their grades. Time is also be spent on the Theory section of the course. Handouts, with full worked solutions, will be given for all Higher Level Accounting topics going back over 20 years.

Topics from:

  • Club Accounts.
  • Service Firms.
  • Farm Accounts.
  • Incomplete Records.
  • Cash Budgeting.
  • Product Costing.
  • Tabular Statements.
  • Ratio Analysis.
  • Marginal Costing.
  • Flexible Budgeting.
  • Production Budgeting.
  • Depreciation/Revaluation.
  • Control Accounts.
  • Cash Flow Statements.
  • Suspense.
  • Published Accounts.
  • Final Accounts.


Applied Maths (H)

Leaving Certificate Higher Level Applied Maths is essentially about solving problems. It involves a huge amount of practice and the building of skills, strategies and confidence. This course will first cover the fundamental skills of each topic on the course. When the basics have been dissected and absorbed, difficult problems will be tackled, gradually building up confidence levels until students are comfortable with the twists and the strategies needed for solving the toughest questions on the exam paper. Comprehensive notes, questions for each topic and complete worked solutions for all the exam questions over the past 40 years will be supplied.

Ordinary Level – Topics from:

  • Motion & Vectors.
  • Projectiles.
  • Relative Velocity.
  • Connected Particles.
  • Collisions & Energy.
  • Statics.
  • Circular Motion.

Higher Level – Topics from:

  • Motion & Vectors.
  • Projectiles.
  • Relative Velocity.
  • Connected Particles.
  • Collisions & Energy.
  • Statics.
  • Circular Motion.
  • Simple Harmonic Motion.
  • Differential Equations.


Biology (H)

This course is designed students studying Higher Level Biology. Classes are exam-centered and particular attention is paid to past papers. The course is delivered by an experienced examiner of Leaving Cert Higher Level Biology who places strong emphasis on exam technique/keywords and the marking scheme. Worksheets are also given to help students gain an understanding of experiments associated with the Higher Level Biology course.

Topics from:

  • The characteristics of life & the scientific method.
  • Food (biomolecules).
  • Cell structure.
  • Cell diversity.
  • Enzymes i.
  • Enzymes ii.
  • Exam question focus.
  • Movement through membranes.
  • Cell continuity(mitosis).
  • Respiration i.
  • Diversity of living things.
  • Monera (bacteria).
  • Exam question focus.
  • Fungi.
  • Protoctista (amoeba).
  • Structure of flowering plants.
  • Transport in flowering plants.
  • Human circulatory system.
  • Human lymphatic system & defence.
  • Human nutrition.
  • Homeostasis.
  • Human breathing system.
  • Human excretion system.
  • The endocrine system.
  • The nervous system.
  • Ecology i.
  • Ecology ii.
  • Exam question focus.


Chemistry (H)

The aim of this course is to allow students to gain a thorough understanding of topics on the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Chemistry course.

Topics from:

  • Mole concept / Isotopes / Stoichiometry.
  • Periodic Table / Arrangement of electrons in atoms / Trends in the Periodic Table .
  • Chemical Bonding / Tests for Anions / Recrystallisation /Melting Point Determination .
  • Intermolecular forces / Shapes of Covalent Molecules.
  • Oxidation & Reduction / Oxidation numbers / Balancing Redox Equations / Halogens as Oxidising Agents.
  • Intro to Volumetric Analysis / Preparation of Standard Solutions  / Acid Base Titrations.
  • Properties of Gases / Ideal Gas Equation / Measurement of Relative Molecular Mass of Volatile Liquid.
  • Volumetric Analysis (Part 2) / Redox Titrations / Potassium Permanganate and Iron (11) Ions / Sodium Thiosulphate & Iodine.
  • Hydrocarbons / Oil refining & oil products / Thermochemistry / Hydrogen.
  • Alkanes / Alkenes & Alkynes / Mechanisms of Substitution & Addition Reactions / Benzene.

Please bring periodic table and calculator


English (H)

This class is designed to help 5th year students attain the knowledge and skills required for success in the first year of the Leaving Certificate 2021 Higher Level English course. Requirements of both Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be covered in the course.

Paper 1 – Topics from:

  • How to read texts & critically analyse them.
  • How to write texts that are succinct and conform to specific exam requirements.
  • Ongoing practice of these skills throughout the year.

Paper 2 – Topics from:

  • Single Text
    Comprehensive notes provided on King Lir (note: this is the only Single Text studied in detail in this class).
  • Poetry
    All poets prescribed for Leaving Cert 2021 will be explored during the course of the year.
  • Comparative
    Analysis of the modes set for examination in 2021 – Theme or Issue, Literary Genre and Cultural Context.
    A selection of comparative texts will also be analysed in detail.

Students are encouraged to discuss any difficulties or issues encountered in Leaving Certificate Higher Level English with the teacher throughout the year.


French (H)

This course covers all the four competencies necessary for success in Leaving Certificate Higher Level French – Aural, Oral, Reading and Writing.

Topics from:

  • Letter writing.
  • Diary entries.
  • Abstract topics.
  • Response pieces.
  • Comprehensions (method and content).
  • Listening comprehensions.
  • Oral exam.


German (H)

This course prepares students to achieve their maximum potential in their Leaving Certificate Higher Level German exam. Classes concentrate on the four main skills tested in the exam, with ongoing homework and support provided throughout the year.

Topics from:

  • Oral exam
    Exam format.
    General questions.
    Role play.
    Picture sequence or project work.
    Option to discuss a film or novel in the oral will be covered.
  • Aural Comprehension
    Practice using CDs and authentic listening material.
    Skills required for the exam.
  • Reading Comprehension
    Intro to both journalistic and literary styles of texts.
    Answering skills & techniques for the written exam
  • Writing
    Letter writing.
    Short essay.
    Opinion of issue practice.
  • Grammar
    Techniques needed for the examination.
    Formal grammar section covered in detail.


History (H)

This course prepares students for exam success in Leaving Certificate Higher Level History.

Topics from:

European History – Dictatorship & Democracy, 1920-1945.

  • The Treaty of Versailles and the origins of the League of Nations.
  • Mussolini’s Italy.
  • Weimar Germany and the Stresemann era.
  • The Rise of Hitler and the Nazi State.
  • Case Study: Nazi Propaganda and the Nuremberg Rallies.
  • Britain between the Wars, 1920-1939.
  • Case Study: The Jarrow March, 1936.
  • Terror and Transformation in Stalin’s Russia.
  • Case Study: The Moscow Show Trials.
  • Propaganda in Stalin’s Russia.
  • France between the Wars, 1920-1939.
  • The fall of the Third republic and Víchy France.
  • Anglo-American popular culture through radio and cinema.
  • World War II, the role of Churchill, Hitler and Stalin and the use of military technology.

Irish History – Sovereignty & Partition, 1912-1949.

  • Unionist opposition to Home Rule, 1912-1914.
  • The planning and military tactics of the 1916 Rising.
  • The Rise of ‘new’ Sinn Féin, 1916-1918.
  • The First Dáil Éireann and the War of Independence.
  • Case Study: The Treaty Negotiations and their subsequent impact on the nationalist movement.
  • Cumann na nGaedheal and establishing the institutions of the Irish Free State.
  • Socio-Economic development in Ireland, 1923-1939.
  • The establishment of law & order and democracy in the Irish Free State.
  • Case Study: The 1932 Eucharistic Congregation.
  • The role of the Church, art and literature in independent Ireland.
  • Anglo-Irish Relations, 1923-1945.
  • Case Study: The Bombing of Belfast, 1941.
  • World War II in Ireland.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will have an in-depth understanding of the key course topics and the three core course Case Studies.
  • Students will have a familiarity with the key personalities from each topic and what contribution they made to important course events.
  • Students will learn how to compare events and course personalities to demonstrate lateral knowledge of the wider course topics.
  • Students will develop an understanding of essay writing skills, how to manage course content effectively and understand the rationale behind the exam marking scheme.


Irish (H)

This course aims to  maximise the student’s ability to achieve the highest possible grade in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Irish exam.

Topics from:

  • Poetry and Prose
    Detailed notes and sample answers to past papers provided (including the optional literature).
    Focus on vocabulary and key phrases.
  • Oral Exam
    Practice of oral skills in class.
    Sample answers to common questions.
    Picture sequences 1-20 covered in class.
  • Aural Exam
    Practice of past papers in class.
    Focus on skills for the exam.
    Focus on terms, questions and various dialects presented in the exam.
  • Grammar Skills
    Weekly focus on grammatical aspects of the language.
    Development of vocabulary.
    Focus on comprehension past papers.
  • Exam Skills and Techniques
    How to negotiate the exam.
    Tips for success.


Maths (H)

This course covers the essential methods, formulae and procedures required for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths Papers 1 & 2.  Students are shown how to approach exam questions and homework properly. Guidance is given on resource material they will need to enhance their studies. Comprehensive notes are presented and fully worked solutions, with a huge number of examples, are provided.

Topics from:

  • Algebra.
  • Complex Numbers.
  • Limits and an introduction to Calculus.
  • Financial Mathematics.
  • Sequences and Series.
  • Differentiation.
  • Anti- Differentiation.
  • Integration.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Co ordinate Geometry.

Please bring log tables and calculator


Physics (H)

This course gives an intensive overview of selected topics from the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Physics syllabus. Strong emphasis is placed on the exam and past papers and studetns are given a solid foundation for progression in to 6th year. Classes are taught in a friendly, relaxed and structured manner that is conducive to understanding the principles of physics.

Topics from:

  • Mechanics 1
    Linear motion.
    Newton’s laws.
  • Mechanics 2
    Circular motion.
    Planetary motion.
  • Sound and Waves
    Doppler Effect.
    Standing waves.
    Sound intensity.
  • Light
  • Electricity 1
  • Exam Focus
    How to study physics.
    How to prepare for the exam.
    How to correctly read exam questions.
    How to “answer what is asked”

Please bring log tables, past papers and calculator


Politics & Society (H)

**This is not a stand-alone course. All students registering for these classes must already be studying Politics and Society in one of the ‘Phase 1’ or ‘Phase 2’ schools**

This course introduces students to key elements of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Politics & Society course. Classes place more responsibility on students to engage with content and concepts than a traditional ‘grinds’ environment.

The theories of 16 Key Thinkers, ranging from Political Philosophers like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Karl Marx, to modern Feminist thinkers like Sylvia Walby and Martha Nussbaum.

Contemporary case studies from home and abroad form the backbone of the course content, and this is supplemented by a detailed examination of national, international, and supranational institutions, treaties, and Non-Governmental Organiations.

Four interconnected strands are explored:

  • Power & Decision Making.
  • Human Rights & Responsibilities.
  • Globalisation and Localisation.
  • Active Citizenship.

This subject also includes an “Active Citizenship Project”, worth 20% of the students’ final grade. This course offers guidance on projects, but they will not be undertaken within the classes.


Spanish (H)

This course prepares students for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Spanish exam. Initial emphasis is placed on developing grammar skills. Once this important foundation has been established, students then practice with past papers and learn strategies to maximize their marks in the Oral, Aural, Reading and Written sections.

Topics from:

  • Overview of the exam paper.
  • Grammar
    Key points.
    Sentence building.
  • Reading Comprehension
    Strategies and key vocabulary.
  • Oral
    Interview preparation.
  • Writing techniques
    Dialogue construction and Formal letters, Diary entries and Notes.
  • Aural comprehension
  • Advise for the exam
    Work on common errors.
    Exam skills & technique
  • Mock oral exam
    Feedback from teacher.

Covid-19 Update
We remain committed to supporting students, particularly through these unprecedented times. For this reason we have put systems in place to ensure that students can continue to receive tuition, safely from the comfort of their home. Updates regarding the delivery of our Weekly Grinds and booking for the 2020/21 academic year will be available shortly. For further information please contact our main office on 01 661 3511 or email info@instituteofeducaton.ie

Course Dates: Classes commencing in September for the Academic Year 2020/21. Dates will be confirmed shortly.

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

Fees for the academic year 2020/21 will be available shortly. 

Please note:

  • Fees reduce on a weekly basis throughout the year.
  • Credit 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

Q: Can I be admitted to class without my card?

A:It is every student’s personal responsibility to ensure they have their card with them each time they attend classes at the Institute. We have the right to refuse admission to any student who does not comply with this regulation. If you have misplaced or have not received your card please come into our reception and we will issue you with a replacement or temporary card.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from the weekly grinds that took place before I joined.

A: No, you are only entitled to the notes from the time you join the classes.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from classes that I was absent from?

A: Yes, however you must deal directly with your teacher in relation to this. Administration staff do not have access to class notes.

Q: If I am doing weekly grinds, can I change my choice of subject or class-time during the year?

A: Yes, but an administration charge of €20 will apply.

Q: Can I sample a class to see if I like it?

A: Yes, any of our Junior or Leaving Cert weekly grinds can be sampled for one week. The fee per subject is €30.

Q: How much is the fee per class?

A: This depends on the number of subjects taken.

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

A: There are 29 weeks of tuition.

Q: If I start weekly grinds later in the year, will this be reflected in the fees I pay?

A: Yes, fees are calculated on a pro rata basis.

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 report to class or who fail to sign the attendance sheet.

Q: Are there any breaks or holidays during the year for students attending weekly grinds or part-time courses?

A: Yes, there are breaks at mid-term, Christmas and Easter. Full details are on our website.

Q: Is there somewhere for part-time students to study if they have a gap between classes?

A: Yes, there is an unsupervised study room set aside for this purpose.

Q: Is there a place I can get lunch?

A: Yes, we have an onsite canteen serving a variety of sandwiches and drinks. Also, locally, there are sandwich bars and shops.

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, if they join the 6th Year class at the start of the Academic Year. Consideration must be given to any changes in curriculum. 4th Year students can join certain 5th Year classes provided they are not struggling with the subject, and again consideration must be given to any changes in curriculum.

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. It is advisable that students take on a new subject at the start of the academic year. Our 6th Year programme covers each subject in full. However 5th Year students can join our 5th Year class and complete the subject over two years.

Q: What subjects would you recommend to take on as an extra subject?

A: The most popular subjects would be: Applied Maths; Economics; Business; Accountancy; Classical Studies. An extra science subject can be taken: Physics; Chemistry; Biology. Laboratory practicals are available, subject to demand.

Q: How many students will be in the class? What is a typical class size?

A: Class sizes vary depending on the demand for each subject. Class numbers can increase as the year progresses, however this does not have a negative impact on the excellent standard of our teaching.

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

A: Our teachers are very approachable and students are free to ask questions.

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

A: No, in the weekly grinds each subject commences in September and runs through to the end of the academic year in May. Students can catch up with what they might have missed by participating in the Christmas, mid-term and Easter courses.

Q: If I want to join weekly grinds during the year, can you tell me what remains to be covered on the course and what the student has missed?

A: No. Teachers have their own individual teaching plan for the year. However, students can do a sample class and enquire from the teacher.

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

A: No, there are no refunds. However, if you return the student’s admission card to us immediately, along with a short letter of explanation, at the discretion of management, a credit note can be put on the student’s file for future use or for use by a sibling.

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.