Weekly Grinds for 6th 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 6th year students with consistent, expert tuition throughout the year, ensuring they never fall behind in class and have the confidence and knowledge to succeed in the Leaving Certificate.

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 email info@instituteofeducation.ie to book your place.


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


Accounting (H)

The course focuses on continuous practise of likely Leaving Certificate Higher level Accounting topics, with particular emphasis on the marking scheme and how students can maximise their grades in the exam. Time is spent studying the Theory section of the course, which is essential if students hope to achieve a H1 grade in the exam. Comprehensive notes, with full worked solutions for all topics going back over 20 years, will also be provided.

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)

These classes cover nine out of ten topics from the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Applied Maths exam (students only have to answer any six). Emphasis is placed on understanding the methods required to answer each type of question on the exam. Comprehensive notes are provided on all topics, along with fully worked solutions to all questions. As many students taking these classes are not studying Applied Maths in their own schools, homework is offered as an option. Students are given a set of exercise questions at the end of each class which they can submit the following week. Any student who chooses to submit their attempts have these fully marked and returned.

Topics from:

  • Linear Motion.
  • Relative Velocity.
  • Projectiles.
  • Statics.
  • Particle Dynamics.
  • Work, Energy, Power.
  • Collisions.
  • Circular Motion.
  • Simple Harmonic Motion.
  • Differential Equations.
  • Moments of Inertia.


Biology (H)

This course covers all aspects of the Leaving Certificate Biology syllabus for both Higher and Ordinary levels. The course is divided into 20 topics.  Once a topic has been studied, past exam questions are set for homework.  These are then corrected according to the official marking schemes. Revision tests are given at the end of each topic and a more extensive test is given after five topics have been completed.

The practical aspects of the course are examined in great detail and the reasons for various procedures are explained. Students are encouraged to participate actively in class by asking questions and taking notes. If a student cannot attend a particular class they have the option of taking that class at an alternative time of their choosing.  All notes are made available to students with genuine reasons for absences.

Topics from:

  • The Cell.
  • Osmosis.
  • Cell Division.
  • Scientific Method.
  • Flowering Plants.
  • Germination.
  • Food & Nutrition.
  • Blood.
  • Photosynthesis.
  • Water Transport.
  • Respiration.
  • Excretion.
  • Nervous System.
  • Eye & Ear.
  • Hormones.
  • Reproduction.
  • Meiosis & DNA.
  • Genetics.
  • Evolution.
  • Ecology.
  • Microbiology.
  • Skeleton.


Business (H)

These classes prepare students for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Business exam.

The course is divided into the following seven sections:

Unit 1 – Business Laws:

  • People in Business
    Relationships between key stakeholders (investors & entrepreneurs or employers & employees).
    The Law of Contract.
  • Consumers Laws
    The Consumer Protection Act 2007.
    The Sale of Goods and the Supply of Services Act 1980.
    The relationship between retailers & consumers.
  • Industrial Relations
    Employer & employee relationships.
    Trade unions & industrial disputes.
    The LRC/WRC & the Labour Court.
    Unfair dismissal & discrimination.

Unit 2 – Enterprise:

  • Enterprise
    Characteristics & skills of entrepreneurs characteristics.
    The notion of intrapreneurship.

Unit 3 – Management:

  • Introduction to Management
    Characteristics of a manager.
    How managers and entrepreneurs differ.
  • Management Skills 1
    The skills of Leadership and Motivation.
  • Management Skills 2
    The skill of Communications.
    Business documents.
    Information Communication Technology.
  • Management Activities

Unit 4 – Management in Action:

  • Human Resource Management
    Six functions of a HR manager.
  • Change
    Modern business techniques and systems.
    Modern facilitating mangers.
    Strategies to introduce change into a business.
  • Taxation
    Tax calculations.
    Taxes a business must pay.
  • Insurance
    The principles of insurance & risk management.
    Types of insurance a business can use to financially protect itself.
  • Finance
    Types of short, medium & long term finances available to a business.
    Cash Flow Forecast analysis & calculations.
  • Ratios
    Calculation of six major accounting ratios.
    How to interpret the results.

Unit 5 – Marketing:

  • Identifying Opportunities
    Methods to generate new business ideas.
  • Marketing
    Market research.
    Market segmentation.
    Target markets.
    Marketing strategies.
    The marketing concept.
  • Product & Price
    First two elements of the marketing mix – Product & Price.
  • Place & Promotion
    Next two elements of the marketing mix – Promotion & Place.
  • Break Even Charts
    How to do break even calculations.
    How to draft a break even chart.
  • Expansion
    Why a firm will expand.
    Organic & inorganic methods of expansion.
  • Getting Started
    How to get money to set up your firm.
    Production options (job, batch & mass production).
    Formulating a Business Plan.

Unit 6 – The Domestic Scene:

  • Business Scene
    Primary, secondary & tertiary sectors of the economy.
  • Business Organisations
    Focus on nine organisational structures.
  • Ethics
    Business ethics.
    Business social responsibility.
  • Government & the Economy
    Government role in the economy.
    The six economic variables.
  • Community Development
    Developing urban & rural disadvantaged areas.

Unit 7 – The International Scene:

  • International Trade
    Balance of payments.
    Trading blocs.
    Opportunities & challenges firms face in international trade.
  • Globalisation
    The impact of globalisation on Irish firms.
    Global adaptions to the marketing mix.
    Transnational companies & their impact on economies.
  • European Union
    The benefits and challenges of the EU to Irish firms.
    EU institutions and decision making process of the EU.
    The Common Policies of the EU.


Chemistry (H)

This course focuses on all aspects of the Leaving Certificate Chemistry syllabus, with particular emphases on exam technique and past papers. Chemistry practicals are also discussed in detail.

Topics from:

  • History of the atom / Bohrs Theory.
  • Bohrs Theory review / periodic table trends.
  • Radioactivity / Stoichiometry.
  • Stoichiometry / Acid Base.
  • Acid Base / Volumetric Analysis.
  • Volumetric Analysis.
  • Volumetric Analysis / Redox.
  • Redox / Rates of Reaction.
  • Rates of Reaction & graphs.
  • Equilibrium.
  • Equilibrium further calculations.
  • Water.
  • Water titrations & treatment.
  • Organic chemistry introduction.
  • Further Organic chemistry, aldehydes, Ketones & Carboxylic acids.
  • Organic chemistry practicals.
  • Organic chemistry / Thermochemistry / Fuels.
  • Organic Chemistry mechanisms.
  • Organic Synthesis.
  • Limiting & excess Reagents.
  • Industrial & atmospheric chemistry.
  • Short answer Questions from Q4.

Please bring periodic table and calculator


Classical Studies (H)

The aim of this course is to provide insights for the students into the ancient Greek & Roman worlds through the study of literature, philosophy, architecture, art and the politics of those ancient races. Weekly homework is required, involving essays based on exam questions. Monthly tests take place and mini-tests are also held regularly. All students are encouraged to sit the Mock exam in this subject in March. A revision of all aspects of the course is conducted in the final weeks of the academic year.

Topics from:

  • Alexander the Great.
  • Greek Drama.
  • The Philosopher in Society.
  • A study of Plato and Socrates.
  • Roman Art and Architecture.


Economics (H)

This course allows students to gain an in-depth knowledge of the important sections on the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Economics syllabus and prepares them for answering questions to the highest standard.


  • What is Economics about?
  • Introducing supply & demand.
  • Introducing factors of production.
  • A brief history of economics in the last 100 years.


  • Government
    Theory of government.
    The government’s economic objectives and policies.
    How much government involvement should be there?
    Privatisation .
    Government finances.
    The National Budget.
    The National Debt.
  • Banking
    Functions and characteristics of money.
    History of money and banking.
    How a bank can create purchasing power in the economy.
    How the Central Bank can control the banking system.
    The European Central Bank and the operation of monetary policy.
  • Inflation
    Measurement of inflation using the CPI.
    User and limitations of the CPI.
    Causes, problems & solutions of inflation.
  • National Income
    Measurement of National Income.
    Uses & limitations of the National Income statistics.
    Determination of National Income.
    The Multiplier Theory and Worked numeric examples.
  • International Trade
    Reasons for international Trade.
    Law of Comparative Advantage.
    Protectionism V’s Free Trade.
    Balance of Payments.
    Exchange rates systems.
    Determination of exchange rates.
  • The European Union
    History of European integration.
    Advantages & disadvantages.
    Enlargement of the EU.
    The Euro.
    Other EU policies.
  • Developing Economics
    Problems & developments in the Third World.
    How UE trade policies infringe in growth in these regions.
    Third World debt & possible solutions.
    Population explosion and its consequences.


  • Demand, Supply & Equilibrium, Utility Elasticity
    Factors influencing demand & supply.
    The interrelationship between these variables.
    Utility use & measurement.
    Price Elasticity of Demand.
    Other forms of elasticity.
  • Market Structures
    Cost structures of the firm.
    Perfect Competition.
    Imperfect Competition.
    Price Discrimination.
  • Factors of Production
    The demand for the factors of production, MPP, MRP.
    Land, features & effect.
  • The History of Economic Thought
    Adam Smith.
    The Classical School.
    Karl Marx.
    Alfred Marshall.
    John Maynard Keynes.


English (H)

This class is designed to give 6th Year students a comprehensive understanding of the coursework that is set for examination in Leaving Cert Higher Level English 2020.

Topics from:

  • Writing
    How to identify key features of writing in the Language of Narration, the Language of Argument and the Language of Persuasion.
    How to use this information to analyse Reading Comprehension passages.
    How to use this information to structure and write compositions and functional writing (QB) creative writing exercises.
  • Central Text
    Comprehensive notes provided on Hamlet (the only Central Text dealt with in this class).
  • Poetry
    Poets TBC.
  • Comparative
    Analysis of the modes set for examination in 2020 – Theme or Issue, General Vision and Viewpoint and Literary Genre.
    Notes and model answers provided on all sections.
  • Detailed notes also provided on:
    Essay Writing.
    The A and B questions.
    Hamlet as the Single Text.
    Selection of poems from all 8 poets.
    The Unseen Poem.
    The 3 Modes of comparison.
    Structuring the comparative question.
    Samples of effective comparative essay writing in each of the three modes of comparison.

Students are encouraged to discuss any difficulties or problems encountered in English with the teacher throughout the year.


French (H)

This course covers all the four competencies necessary for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher level French exam – Aural, Oral, Reading and writing. While the content is similar to the 5th year course, the complexity of material covered is designed to reflect the demands of the Leaving Certificate.

Topics from:

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


Geography (H)

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

Topics from:

Core Unit 1 – Physical Geography

  • Physical Geography
    Plate Tectonics.
    Earthquakes & Volcanoes.
    Folding and Faulting.
    The Rock Cycle.
    Human Interaction with the Rock Cycle.
    Karst Landscapes.
    Landform Development.
    Human Interaction with Surface Processes.
  • Geographical Skills
    Map Reading
    Aerial Photograph

Core Unit 2 – Regional Geography

  • Types of Region
    Case Study – Irish Region: West of Ireland.
    Case Study – Irish Region: Greater Dublin Area.
    Case Study – Non-Irish European Region: The Paris Basin.
    Case Study – Non-Irish European Region: The Mezzogiorno.
    Case Study – Sub-Continent Regions: India, Brazil and South-West USA.
  • Geographical Skills
    Graph Interpretation.
    Statistical Interpretation.

Elective Units
Students only study one Elective Unit: Both Units will be covered. Students need only study the elective covered in their own school.

  • Human Elective
    Population Density and Distribution.
    Population Growth.
    Urban Growth.
    Urban Land-Use.
    Urban Problems.
    Ordnance Survey Maps.
    Aerial Photographs.
  • Economic Elective
    Economic Development – Developed Economies.
    Economy and Environment.
    Impact of Globalisation.
    Sustainable Development.
    Ordnance Survey Maps.
    Aerial Photographs.

Option Units
Students only study one Option Unit. The large majority study the Geoecology Unit. Students studying other Options will be facilitated.

  • Geoecology
    Formation of Soils
    Characteristics of Soil
    Soil Processes
    Soil Types
    Human Impact on Soils
    Human Impact on Biomes


German (H)

This course helps students achieve their maximum potential in their Leaving Certificate Higher Level German exam. The classes are exam focused and homework is given throughout the year.

Topics from:

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


History (H)

This course is designed to help student prioritise work that needs to be done in preparation for the Leaving Certificate Higher Level History exam in June in an organised and structured way.

Topics from:

Irish History (Students will select one topic)

Topic A – Politics and Society in Northern Ireland, 1949-1993.

  • The Brookeborough administration and the impact of the Welfare State in Northern Ireland.
  • Cultural identity and symbolism in Northern Ireland.
  • Case Study: The Apprentice Boys of Derry.
  • Case Study: The Coleraine University controversy.
  • The Civil Rights Movement.
  • The Troubles, 1969-1972 and the collapse of Stormont.
  • Case Study: The Sunningdale Agreement 1973.
  • Impact of the Troubles on Northern Ireland and reaction from London and Dublin.
  • Steps to establish peace, 1984-1994.

Topic B: Government, Economy and Society in the Republic of Ireland, 1949-1989.

  • The First Inter-Part Government, 1948-1951.
  • The role of the Church and culture in 1950’s Ireland.
  • Social and economic stagnation in the 1950’s.
  • Case Study: The First Programme for Economic Expansion, 1958-1963.
  • The 1960’s and the dawn of modern Ireland.
  • Case Study: The Impact of RTÉ, 1969-1972.
  • The relationship with Northern Ireland and the Wider World.
  • Case Study: The Impact of the EEC on Irish Fisheries.
  • The Coalition Government, 1973-1977.
  • Social and Cultural developments in the 1970’s.
  • Political disarray and economic stagnation, 1977-1982.
  • The Coalition government, 1982-1987.
  • Anglo-Irish Relations, 1949-1989.
  • The Changing Role of Women.

Compulsory Documents Section

Topic: The United States and the World, 1945-1989.

The Three Case Studies are;

  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955-1956.
    Background to racial conflict and tension in the United States.
    The Montgomery Bus Boycott.
    The Impact of Martin Luther King and key Civil Rights legislation.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson and the Vietnam War.
    Overview of US foreign policy, 1945-1989.
    Lyndon B. Johnson and US military tactics in the Vietnam War.
    Impact of the Vietnam War on US society.
  • The Moon Landing, 1969.
    Cold War and the Space Race.
    Advances in military and information technology.
    The Moon Landing, 1969.


Home Economics (H)

This course covers the theory section using very precise notes. Past exam questions linked to the area being studied are analysed, providing a valuable insight into how the marking scheme is applied.

Topics from:

  • Nutrition & food studies.
  • Family resource management.
  • Consumer studies & social studies.
  • Food studies (dairy, cereals, food prep & cooking processes, food processing & packaging, food spoilage).
  • Elective 1 or 3 (depending on class group preference).
  • Food studies (additives, preservation, food legislation, food safety & hygiene, meat.
  • Textile studies.
  • Exam focus.
  • The marking scheme and how it is applied.
  • Answering techniques.
  • Level of detail required to ensure success.


Irish (H)

These classes cover all areas of the Leaving Certificate Higher level Irish exam.

Students receive sample answers in all areas of Poetry and Prose, with significant emphasis on exam technique. Weekly emphasis on the Oral and Aural sections, which cover 50% of the entire exam, is also included.

Topics from:

  • Oral Exam Preparation.
  • Aiste / Diospoireacht / Sceal / Oraid.
  • Grammar.
  • Comprehensions.
  • Poetry.
  • Prose.
  • An Triail.
  • Filiocht Breise. Cheist 4F.
  • Cluastuiscint.


Maths (H)

The course covers all the essential methods, formulae and procedures required for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths papers. Comprehensive notes are provided on a weekly basis, with fully worked solutions.

Topics from:

  • Numbers & Algebra.
  • Algebra.
  • Algebra & Functions.
  • Algebra & Graphs.
  • Algebra: Powers and Logs.
  • Geometry.
  • Geometry: Constructions.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Co-ordinate Geometry.
  • Probability.
  • Differentiation.
  • Sequences & Series.
  • Financial Maths.
  • Complex Numbers.
  • Integration.
  • Statistics.
  • Inferential Statistics.

Please bring log tables and calculator


Maths Fast-Paced (H)

This course is for students expecting to achieve at least a H2 grade in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths paper in June. More time is spent in the fast-paced class on more challenging questions and methods, and less time on the more basic procedures. Students are encouraged to ask questions when issues arise, as this can be of benefit to all students. Comprehensive notes are provided on a weekly basis, with fully worked solutions.

Topics from:

  • Numbers & Algebra.
  • Algebra.
  • Algebra & Functions.
  • Algebra & Graphs.
  • Algebra: Powers and Logs.
  • Geometry.
  • Geometry: Constructions.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Co-ordinate Geometry.
  • Probability.
  • Differentiation.
  • Sequences & Series.
  • Financial Maths.
  • Complex Numbers.
  • Integration.
  • Statistics.
  • Inferential Statistics.


Maths (O)

This course covers the essential methods, formulae and procedures required for success in the Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level Maths exam.

Paper 1 – Topics from:

  • Algebra.
  • Complex numbers.
  • Calculus (Differentation).
  • Number Patterns.
  • Financial Maths.

Paper 2 – Topics from:

  • Coordinate Geometry of the Line.
  • Coordinate Geometry of the Circle.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Probability.
  • Statistics.


Physics (H)

These classes cover all material on the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Physics syllabus. Strong emphasis is placed on the exam and past paper questions. Classes are taught in a friendly, relaxed and structured manner that is conducive to understanding the principles of physics. Detailed, accessible notes are provided on all topics, and fully worded solutions are provided for all past paper questions dating back to 2002, the first year that the present syllabus was examined.

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
    Nature of charge.
    Coulomb’s law.
  • Electricity 2
  • Heat and temperature
    Latent heat.
  • Electromagnetism
    Electromagnetic induction.
  • Modern Physics
    Photoelectric effect.
    Nuclear energy.
  • Particle physics
    Cockcroft and Walton.
  • 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
    Sentence building.
  • Reading Comprehension
    Key vocabulary.
  • Oral exam
    Interview preparation.
    Opinion piece.
    Mind maps.
    Idiomatic expressions.
    Common errors.
  • Writing
    Techniques for Dialogue construction.
    Formal letters.
    Diary entries.
  • Aural comprehension
    Vocabulary for the weather report.
    Practice with past exam papers.

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


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

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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, free of charge.


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.