Easter Grinds: Leaving Cert 2020

Course Dates

Week 1: Monday 6 to Friday 10 April

Week 2: Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 April

 

Please note, all Easter revision classes will take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

For further information on grinds and part-time courses please contact our main office on 01 661 3511.

 

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Easter is just around the corner and it is time to start planning!

Make the most of your Easter break by enrolling in one of our renowned Easter Revision Courses for 6th Year students. These courses have been preparing Leaving Cert students and helping them to improve their exam grades for over 50 years. Get expert tuition, exceptional notes and direction on how best to approach your exams.  Students can also attend free supervised study before and after their classes, creating the perfect daily revision routine over the Easter break. Be sure to use your time wisely this Easter by booking your place today!

Our 6th Year Easter Revision Course is split into two weeks and students may enrol in one or both weeks of this course.

Week 1: Monday – Friday

This 5 day course is designed for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in June 2020 and 2021. Classes are 1.25 hours in duration and students attend classes for 5 days. Students can take up to 6 classes per day. These intensive classes improve exam technique, increases subject knowledge, address problem areas and boost confidence.

Week 2: Tuesday – Friday

These intensive block classes are designed for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in June 2020. Classes are 4 hours in duration and one subject is covered in one day. Students receive a concentrated overview of the subject syllabus, with specific attention paid to likely topics and exam skills and technique.

Please Note: We offer a 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.

LEAVING CERT 2020 – 6TH YEAR STUDENTS

PLEASE CLICK ON SUBJECTS FOR COURSE DETAILS
Accounting (H)

Due to syllabus length, Accounting is divided into two separate sections, Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A:

  1. Final Accounts
  2. Service Firms
  3. Cash flow Statements
  4. Published Accounts
  5. Correction of Errors
  6. Incomplete Records
  7. Farm Accounts

Section B:

  1. Ratio Analysis
  2. Club Accounts
  3. Tabular Statements
  4. Depreciation/Revaluation
  5. Costing
  6. Budgeting
  7. Control Accounts


Agricultural Science (H)

Topics covered:

  1. Crop Production – tillage principles and methods, crop rotation, chemical and biological controls in crops.
    crops studied include Potatoes, Barley & catch crop
    2. Soil – soil formation, ideal soil, soil particles, air & water, texture and soil types, soil structure, soil classification, nitrogen cycle
    3. Grass – grassland & grazing management, resowing & establishing of grass, silage production, characteristics of grass and clover.
    4. Genetics – definitions, genetic crosses, genetic phenomena, breeding of farm animals & crops.
    5. Animal Production – main emphasis on dairy.
    but also covering most common topics of some other enterprises (beef, sheep & pigs)


Applied Maths (H)

Topics from:

  1. Uniformly Accelerated Motion
  2. Relative Velocity
  3. Projectiles
  4. Connected Particles
  5. Collisions
  6. Differential Equations


Biology (H)

Due to syllabus length, Biology is divided into two separate sections, Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A – A selection from

  1. The Cell.
  2. Osmosis.
  3. Cell Division.
  4. Scientific Method.
  5. Flowering Plants.
  6. Germination.
  7. Food + Nutrition.
  8. Blood.
  9. Photosynthesis.
  10. Water Transport.
  11. Respiration

Section B – A selection from

  1. Excretion.
  2. Nervous System. Eye + Ear.
  3. Hormones. Reproduction
  4. Meiosis + DNA.
  5. Genetics
  6. Evolution.
  7. Ecology.
  8. Microbiology.
  9. Skeleton.


Business (H)

Due to syllabus length, Business is divided into two separate sections, Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A:

Unit 1
People in Business
Consumer Law
Industrial Law
Unit 2
Enterprise
Unit 3
Management Skills
Management Activities
Unit 4
Taxation
Insurance
Human Resource Management
Change Management
Source of Finance
Ratio’s

Section B:

Unit 5
Marketing
Product and Price
Place and Promotion
Break Even Analysis
Expansion
Getting Started
Unit 6
Business Organisations
Ethics
Government and the Economy
Community Development
Unit 7
International Trade
Global Business
European Union


Chemistry (H)

Due to syllabus length, Chemistry is divided into two separate sections, Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A:

Course A focuses on the stoichiometry skills based component of the chemistry course. It provides the mathematical skills (moles etc.) needed to solve the stoichiometry questions that may appear on the exam paper. The acquisition of these stoichiometry concepts also provides the mathematic skills needed to solve problems in topics such as heats of reaction, equilibrium, pH, and other maths based problems in most other topics.

Topics from:

– Stoichiometry
– Heats of Reaction
– Equilibrium
– pH
– Acids / Bases / Salts
(Bring periodic table and calculator.)

Section B:

Course B covers some of the main mandatory experiments examined in the compulsory Section A of the exam paper. The experiments covered are those from the Volumetric analysis (Titrations), Organic Chemistry, and Water topics.

Course B – Topics from:

– Volumetric Analysis
– Organic Chemistry
– Oxidation/Reduction
– Water
(Bring periodic table and calculator.)


Classical Studies (H)

Of the ten prescribed topics on the course students have to study four.

Topic 2. Alexander the Great.

  • Teacher’s version of Arrian’s and Plutarch’s works.
  • Both Arrian’s and Plutarch’s works on Alexander’s life and campaigns will be read in class. The learning outcome is that all students should have a comprehensive understanding of the achievements of the young Macedonian king.

Topic 5. Greek Drama.

  • Three plays: Medea, Oedipus the King and Prometheus Bound (Penguin).
  • All three plays will be read in class. The aim is that our students will gain an in depth knowledge of each play, acquire an understanding of the main elements of Greek Drama and get some insights into Ancient Greek society.

Topic 6. Ancient Epic. Two Epics

  • Teachers summary of The Odyssey and The Aeneid.
  • Both epics will be read in class. From their study of this topic students should reinforce their understanding of these well-known stories. In addition they should become familiar with the main features of epic poetry. Through their analyses of the principal characters and main themes permeating both poems it is hoped our students will hone their analytical skills.

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Topic 9. The Philosopher in Society: A study of Plato and Socrates.

  • Teachers version of The Republic.
  • A study of Plato’s ‘Republic’ provides our students with the opportunity to experience some Socratic principles of philosophy. By engaging in the study of Plato’s life and works our students will be challenged to become critical thinkers thus enhancing their learning skills.

Topic 10. Roman Art and Architecture.

  • All notes supplied by teacher.
  • An exploration of ancient Roman structures and pieces of Roman art affords our students the opportunity to experience the great architectural and artistic achievements of this ancient race. A certain knowledge of the ancient Greeks’ accomplishments in architecture and art (through their influences on the Romans) is another benefit of the pursuit of this topic.

The above combination of topics offers our students a balance of Greek and Roman topics. In this way, students gain insights into the worlds of the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

Additional information:

  • No knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin required.
  • All notes/texts supplied (except the Greek plays)
  • All prescribed texts read by the teacher in class.
  • An essay/homework assignment per week.
  • Regular class tests.
  • Term exams and a Mock exam set.
  • Six questions to be completed in three hours in the Mock and Leaving Certificate exam.


Economics (H)

Due to syllabus length, Economics is divided into two separate sections, Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A:

Micro Economics:
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.

Section B:

Macro-Economics:
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.


English (H)

– Essay Question: Study of effective writing in different essay genres.
– Comprehending: The (A) question: Examining features of writing style and comprehension 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: Key essays on themes and characters together with important quotations.
– Poetry: Notes on the 8 poets with a minimum of 5 poems on each poet. Sample answers on each.
– Comparative Study: A wide selection of Comparative texts with analysis of the 3 modes of comparison together with sample answers.


French (H)

Reading skills: 30%
Writing skills: 25%
Listening skills: 20%

Topics covered:

  • To familiarise students with the exam paper technique and time management
    – How to read a comprehension
    – Opinion piece writing
    – Diary writing
    – E-mail writing
  • Revision of key tenses, present of the indicative and the subjunctive, past tenses and future/conditional within exam questions.
  •  Using pronouns to improve writing skills.
  •  Explaining how to answer the listening section.


Geography (H)

Due to syllabus length, Geography is divided into three separate sections, Section A, Section B and Section C. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A – Patterns and Processes in the Physical Environment

Topics from:

Plate Tectonics
Volcanoes
Earthquakes
Rock types & human interaction with the rock cycle
Karst landscape
Formation of a feature as a result of erosion and deposition
Human interaction with physical processes

Section B – Regional Geography

Topics from:

Core Ireland
Peripheral Ireland
Core European Region
Peripheral European Region
Complexity of regions

Section C – Elective Unit – Patterns and Processes in the Human Environment

Topics from:

Population distribution and density
Demographic Transition
Overpopulation
Migration – racial, ethnic and religious issues
Maps and Aerial photographs
Central Place Theory
3 Theories of Urban Land use
Optional Unit: Geoecology (1 class)


German (H)

Topics covered:

  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 om 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 techniques 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


Art History (H)

Topics covered:

There are three sections: Leaving Cert Higher Level Art History & Appreciation selected topics from each section

Section I – Irish Art

  1. Pre Christian Ireland – a) Neolithic b) Bronze Age c) Iron Age
  2. Christian Ireland – a) Metalwork b) Manuscripts c) Stone carving

Section II – European Art

  1. Pre Renaissance – a) Cimabue b) Giotto
    2. Early Renaissance – a) Maraccio b) Uccello c) Donatello
    3. Renaissance post 1450 – a) Piero della Francesca b) Botticelli
    4. High Renaissance – a) Leonardo b) Michelangelo c) Raphael

Section III – Appreciation of Art Design

  1. Exhibition curation, display & interpretation
  2. Public sculpture
  3. Graphic design


History (H)

This course covers the following 4 most popular options for the Leaving Cert course; Sovereignty and Partition/Northern Ireland/ USA/ Document-based question.

Section A: Europe and the wider World.

Topics from:

Option 3:Dictatorships and Democracy 1920-1945
Option 6: The United States and the world 1945-1989

Section B: Ireland.

Topics from:

Option 3: The Pursuit of Sovereignty and the Impact of Partition 1912-1949 or Option 5: Politics an Society in Northern Ireland, 1949-1993. Students will be split into specific groups for these Options.
Option 6: Government, Economy and Society in the Republic of Ireland 1949-1989.
(Document Study for Leaving Cert.2018/2019)


Home Economics (H)

Topics covered:

Food Studies Section of Scientific and Social

  1. Question 1 – Section B topics will be covered. These topics include the nutrients (protein, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, water). Analysis of tables and pie charts that have appeared every year on past Leaving Cert questions (these are not covered in any Home Economics text book and can be worth up to 6% of Leaving Cert grade).
  2. Food Groups – Meat, eggs, fish, milk, milk products, fruits/vegetables, fats and oils. Nutritional significance and contribution to the diet will be covered (can be worth up to 5% of Leaving Cert grade) as well as effects of cooking, processing, selection and storage of these foods.
  3. Diets/Menu planning – How to layout menus for different age groups and for those with specific dietary requirements (coeliac disease, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis etc).
  4. Microbiology/Food Preservatives – An examination of the requirements for growth, structure and reproduction of Fungi (moulds, yeast) and bacteria. Principles of both methods of commercial preservation and domestic preservation.
  5. Other topics – This section includes food additives, Irish diet, Irish Food Industry, sensory analysis. Short questions make up 15% of the overall Home Economics grade. The correct way to approach these short questions will be covered with this section.


Irish (H)

Topics from:

  1. Grammar – Grammadach
    2. Essays – Aistí
    3. Poetry – Filíocht
    4. Prose – Prós
    5. Aural – Cluastuiscint
    6. An Triail – An Triail
    7. Filíocht Breise – Filíocht Breise
    8. Léamhthuiscint – Léamhthuiscint


Maths (H)

Due to syllabus length, Maths is divided into two separate sections, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Please note: Mathematics students should bring log tables.

Topics covered in each section include:

Paper 1: Topics from:
Algebra
Differentiation
Numbers

Paper 2: Topics from:
Geometry and Trigonometry
Probability
Statistics


Maths Fast-Paced (H)

The course will be appropriate for students who are hoping to achieve a H3 or Higher in the Leaving Certificate in June 2019.

Due to syllabus length, Maths Fast Pace is divided into two separate sections, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Paper 1: Topics from:
1. Algebra
2. Differentiation
3.Numbers

Paper 2: Topics from:
1. Geometry and Trigonometry
2. Probability
3. Statistics


Maths (O)

Due to syllabus length, Maths is divided into two separate sections, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Topics covered in each section include:
Paper 1
1. Aritmetic and Money
2. Algebra
3. Sequences and Series
4. Complex Numbers
5. Calculus (differentiation)

Paper 2
1. Coordinate geometry of the line
2. Coordinate geometry of the circle
3. Trigonometry
4. Statistics
5. Probability


Music (H)

Topic covered will include:
1. Melody (25%)
2. Harmony (25%)
3. Set works (50%)


Physics (H)

Due to syllabus length, Physics is divided into two separate sections, Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Topics from:

Section A:
Mechanics 1- linear motion, Newton’s laws.
Mechanics 2- moments, circular motion, planetary motion, S.H.M.
Sound and Waves- Doppler Effect, standing waves, sound intensity
Light- reflection, refraction, diffraction
Heat and temperature – thermometers, S.H.C., latent heat

Section B:
Electricity 1- nature of charge, Coulomb’s law, capacitance
Electricity 2- resistivity, resistance, conductivity, semiconductors
Electromagnetism- magnets, electromagnetic induction
Modern physics- photoelectric effect, X-rays, radioactivity, nuclear energy
Particle physics- Cockcroft and Walton, mass-energy, quarks


Religion (H)

Topics from:
1. Search for Meaning & Values
2. Christianity
3. World Religions
4. Moral Decision Making
5. Religion & Gender
6. Issues of Justice & Peace
7. Coursework
Notes for each topic, quick study guides & how to do the coursework will also be provided.


Spanish (H)

Topics from:
1. General overview of the exam paper.
2. Key grammar areas for each part of the exam.
3. Reading Comprehension: Strategies and key vocabulary.
4. Opinion piece (Topics, structure, mind maps, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, common mistakes…)
5. Writing techniques for Dialogue construction and formal letters, and diary entries
6. Aural comprehension: Strategies, vocabulary for the weather report and practice with past exam papers and mock exams.
7. Work on common errors.
8. Advise for the exam. Time management.

WEEK 1: DAILY TIMETABLE

CLICK ON EACH TIME TO SEE COURSES AVAILABLE
09:00 – 10:15

  • Applied Mathematics (Higher)
  • Biology (Higher) Section A
  • Business (Higher) Section A
  • Chemistry (Higher) Section A
  • Classical Studies (Higher)
  • English (Higher)
  • Geography (Higher) Course A
  • German (Higher)
  • History (Higher) Section A
  • Home Economics (Higher)
  • Irish (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher) – Fast Pace Paper I
  • Maths (Higher) Paper I
  • Maths (Ordinary) Paper I

 

10:30 – 11:45

  • Agricultural Science (Higher)
  • Applied Mathematics (Higher)
  • Art History (Higher)
  • Biology (Higher) Section B
  • Business (Higher) Section B
  • Chemistry (Higher) Section B
  • English (Higher)
  • Geography (Higher) Course B
  • German (Higher)
  • History (Higher) Section B
  • Home Economics (Higher)
  • Irish (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher) – Fast Pace Paper II
  • Maths (Higher) Paper II
  • Maths (Ordinary) Paper II

 

12:00 – 13:15

  • Accounting (Higher) Section A
  • Biology (Higher) Section A
  • Business (Higher) Section A
  • Chemistry (Higher) Section A
  • English (Higher)
  • French (Higher)
  • Geography (Higher) Course C
  • Geography (Higher) Course C
  • Irish (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher) Paper I
  • Maths (Ordinary) Paper I
  • Physics (Higher) Section A
  • Religion (Higher)

 

14:00 – 15:15

  • Accounting (Higher) Section B
  • Biology (Higher) Section B
  • Business (Higher) Section B
  • Chemistry (Higher) Section B
  • Economics (Higher) Section A
  • English (Higher)
  • French (Higher)
  • Geography (Higher) Course B
  • Irish (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher) Paper II
  • Maths (Ordinary) Paper II
  • Physics (Higher) Section B
  • Spanish (Higher)

 

15:30 – 16:45

  • Biology (Higher) Section A
  • Chemistry (Higher) Section A
  • Economics (Higher) Section B
  • English (Higher)
  • French (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher) Paper I
  • Maths (Ordinary) Paper I
  • Physics (Higher) Section A
  • Spanish (Higher)

 

17:00 – 18:15

  • Biology (Higher) Section B
  • Chemistry (Higher) Section B
  • English (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher) Paper II
  • Physics (Higher) Section B

 

Please note:

  • All Easter revision classes will take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.
  • Due to syllabus length, some subjects are divided into separate sections (Section A /  Section B / Section C). Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.
  • Students may enroll in both weeks of this course.

WEEK 2: 4 HOUR BLOCK CLASSES

 

Classes are 4 hours in duration and one subject is covered in one day. Students receive a concentrated overview of the subject syllabus, with specific attention paid to likely topics and exam skills and technique.

Day9:00 to 13:0014:00 to 18:00
TuesdayMaths (Higher) Paper 1English (Higher)
WednesdayMaths (Higher) Paper 2Irish (Higher)
ThursdayBiology (Higher) Section ABusiness (Higher) Section A
Chemistry (Higher) Section B
Physics (Higher) Section A
FridayBiology (Higher) Section BBusiness (Higher) Section B
Chemistry (Higher) Section AMusic (Higher)
Physics (Higher) Section B

Please note:

  • All Easter revision classes will take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.
  • Due to syllabus length, some subjects are divided into separate sections (Section A /  Section B / Section C). Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.
  • Students may enroll in both weeks of this course.

 EARLY BOOKING OFFER: 2 FOR 1

when you book before Friday the 3rd of April

SubjectsOFFER: Cost Per ClassOFFER: Course Price POST OFFER: Course Price
1 Subject€295 €295 €295€295
2 Subjects FREE€295€140€435
3 Subjects €140 €435€140€575
4 Subjects€140€575 €140€715
5 Subjects €100€675€100€815
6 Subjects€100€775€100€915

OFFER – Cash Saving: €140

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.
  • NO REFUND OF FEES
  • Fees are non-transferable
  • Due to syllabus length, some subjects are divided into separate sections (Section A /  Section B / Section C). Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.
  • Students may enroll in both weeks of this course.
  • All Easter revision classes will take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

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.

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: Are Supervised Study facilities available to students on the Easter Revision Course?

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

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: In the Easter Revision course will the classes in Course 1 & Course 2 cover the same material?

A: Yes, the same material will be covered on each course

Q: If I did the August course should I do the same subject/ subjects on the Easter Course?

A: It depends, more of the syllabus will be covered during the Easter course.

Q: If I did the Christmas course should I do the same subject/ subjects on the Easter course?

A: Typically students will take different subjects at Easter than they did at Christmas.