August Grinds: Leaving Certificate 2021

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For 50 years, The Institute of Education has been preparing students for exam success. Taught by our experienced and expert teachers, the August Preparation Course is designed for students sitting the Leaving Cert in June 2021.

Students may attend up to 3 classes per day. Classes are 1.25 hours in duration.

Each class is 1.25 hours in duration.

Click on the subject name below to discover the topics being covered.

Examination Techniques: How to answer questions, manage time etc. are dealt with in all subjects.


Topics from:
1. Ratio Analysis: Students will be able to determine if a company is financially sound or not.
2. Club Accounts: Students will have the ability to complete the accounts of non-trading organisations.
3. Costing: Students will be able to calculate the prices of goods for tendering purposes.
4. Cash Budgeting: Students will be able to forecast likely cash receipts & payments of a business.
5. Final Accounts: The main adjustments will be covered.
6. Cash flow Statements, Correction of Errors, Incomplete Records and Tabular Statements.


Topics from:
1. Human Biology
2. Flowering Plant (Structure, Reproduction)
3. Monera, Fungi, Protista
4. Enzymes
5. Respiration, Photosynthesis
6. DNA, RNA, Protein Synthesis


Course content will be added shortly.


Bring periodic table and calculator

Topics from:
1.Acids and bases – Arhennius and Bronsted-Lowry
2. Redox reactions – oxidation numbers and balancing
3. Electronegativity and bonding
4. Stoichiometry – the mole concept
5. Volumetric analysis – acid base experiments
6. Water – hardness, pollution, colorimetery
7. Rates of reactions – factors that affect rates
8. Chemical equilibrium – Le Chatelier, Kc, Haber process
9. Organic fuels and heats of reaction – alkanes, alkenes and alkynes, Hess’ Law


Topics from:
1. Demand and Supply – Students will have a thorough understanding of the forces that determine market prices and so on.
2. Elasticity – Students will have full knowledge of how changes in price, income and the prices of other goods will impact on demand and supply.
3. Costs of production – Students will have a thorough understanding of average costs and marginal costs, of long-run and short-run, of economies and diseconomies of scale and profit maximisation.
4. Competition – Students will study all the forms of competition from perfect competition to monopoly and any form in between.
5. Factors of Production – Land, Labour, Capital and Enterprise will be studied with special emphasis on Labour.

1. National Income – The calculation of national income, the circular flow of income, the multiplier and the uses and weaknesses of national income statistics.
2. The Government – The budget, the national debt, the taxation system, privatisation versus nationalisation, direct tax versus indirect tax and so on.
3. International Trade -The law of comparative advantage, exchange rates, the balance of payments, the terms of trade and the importance of international trade to a small open economy.
4. Money and Banking – Credit creation, consumer price index, banking regulation, the European central bank.
5. Miscellaneous Section – Population and emigration, the history of economic thought, economic systems.


Essay Question: Study of effective writing in different essay styles.
Comprehending: The (A) question: Examining feature of writing style and comprehensive skills.
Composing: The (B) question: Study of the skills needed for short composing tasks and the presentation of a point of view.
Shakespearean drama: Hamlet: Analysis of key scenes and character profiles with a sample answer.
Poetry: Study of selected poems from the 8 poets on the course focusing on themes and imagery.
Comparative Study: A selection of comparative texts together with analysis of modes of comparison. Sample answers provided.

Time management in the different sections of the examination papers. Students are free to discuss any difficulties or problems encountered in English with the teacher.


Topics from:
1. To familiarise students with the exam paper technique and time management.
2. How to read a comprehension.
3. Opinion piece writin
4. Diary writing
5. E-mail writing
6. Revision of key tenses, present of the indicative and the subjunctive, past tenses and future, conditional within exam questions.
7. Using pronouns to improve writing skills.
8. Explaining how to answer the listening section.
Reading skills: 30%
Writing skills: 25%
Listening skills: 20%


Topics from:
1. Plate Tectonics
2. Feature of erosion and deposition
3. The study of rocks
4. Human Interaction with rivers and rocks
5. Surface and underground karst features
6. A core non Irish European Region
7. A peripheral non Irish European Region


Topics from:
1. Extensive reading comprehension practice introducing students to both journalistic/literary styles of texts, with in-depth concentration on answering skills/techniques
2. Aural comprehension practice with major emphasis on listening skills required for LC aural
3. Students will cover how to structure German sentences with special emphasis on written tasks for LC.
4. Written themes/in-depth written technique covered
5. How to get the grade in the exam
6. Major Grammar areas covered – cases/tenses/word order/relative pronouns/passive/subjunctive
7. Vocabulary building for written


Topics from:
Grammar – the following is covered in the grammar sections:
1. Briathra (verbs)
2. Reamhfhocail (prepositions)
3. Nouns & genders
4. Saor – briathar
5. Tuiseal ginideach
6. An capail ‘is’
7. Comparison of adjectives
8. Plurals of nouns
9. Dative case
10. Caint Indireach

Essays – Topical themes are covered such as the following examples:
1. Fadhbanna ár Linne
2. Cursai Polaiíochta
3. An Coras Oideachais
4. Daoine gan Didean
5. An corás sláinte

Scéal: Taisteal – Brú – áthas ‘is glas iad na conic I bhfad uainn’ are some examples.
Díospóireacht & oráid are also covered and samples given in class
Filiocht: Filiocht Roghnach

All 5 prescribed poems covered under the following headings:
1. Theme
2. Feelings
3. Poetry techniques
4. Colour/sound/movement (if applicable)
5. Language
6. Style

Prós (prose):
All 5 prescribed works covered with indepth analysis on characters
Filiocht Breise:
Notes supplied to these covering that question but not necessarily covered in class

An Trail:
1. Na caracgtair
2. Téamaí áirithe
3. Teicnicí Dramatúla

Notes supplied on the other texts:
1. Gafa
2. Toraíocht Dhiarmada & Gráinne
3. A thig ná tit orm
But they are not taught on the course

Léamhthuiscint: incorporating
1. Aimsigh
2. Genre Litríochta

Specific & topical vocabulary suited to the question


Bring log tables and calculator

Topics from:
1. Trigonometry
2. Co-ordinate Geometry
3. Probability
4. Differentiation (Intro)


Bring log tables, past papers and calculator

Topics from:
1. Mechanics 1 – linear motion, Newton’s laws.
2. Mechanics 2 – moments, circular motion, planetary motion, S.H.M.
3. Sound and Waves – Doppler Effect, standing waves, sound intensity
4. Light – reflection, refraction, diffraction
5. Electricity 1 – nature of charge, Coulomb’s law, capacitance
6. Electricity 2 – resistivity, resistance, conductivity, semiconductors
7. Heat and temperature – thermometers, S.H.C. latent heat

Please note: The following is an indicative timetable. The updated timetable for 2020 will be posted shortly.

10.00am – 11.15am Business (H)
Geography (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H)
Physics (H)
11.30am – 12.45pm Accounting (H)
Biology (H)
English (H)
French (H)
German (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H)
1.00pm – 2.15pm Biology (H)
Chemistry (H)
Economics (H)
English (H)
Maths (H)

The fees for 2020 will be posted shortly.

Please note:

  • 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: NO CARD, NO CLASS. 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. A day pass costs €10. A replacement card costs €20.

Q: Are Supervised Study facilities available to students on the August preparation Course?

A: Yes, all students attending our Intensive Revision Courses can avail of Free Supervised Study in our Study Halls.

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: 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: 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.

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: Some class timetables refer to Sections A & B. What does this mean?

A: Due to syllabus length, some subjects are split into sections. This is to ensure that topics can be given sufficient time in class. Students can choose the section that best suits their needs.