6th Year Grinds: Leaving Cert 2020

Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020*

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

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6th Year Grinds


Accounting (H)

The course will focus on continuous practise of likely Leaving Certificate Accounting topics with particular emphasis on the marking scheme and how students can maximise their grades in the exam. Time will also be invested in studying the Theory section of the course, which is essential if students are hoping to achieve an A grade in the exam.

Handouts, with full solutions, will be given for all Leaving Certificate higher level Accounting 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 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, we offer a homework option. Each week, students are given a set of exercise questions 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 twenty discrete topics.  Once the subject matter has been studied past exam questions are set for homework.  These are then corrected according to the official marking schemes.

A quick revision test is given at the end of each topic and a more extensive test is given after five topics have been completed.  This allows the student to monitor their progress and take remedial action where necessary.

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)

The business course is divided into 7 sections

Unit 1 focuses on Business Laws and has usually 3 chapters:
1) People in Business – Examining relationships between key stakeholders, such as investors and entrepreneurs or employers and employees. It also examines the Law of Contract.

2) Consumers Laws – Focuses on Consumers laws, such as the Consumer Protection Act 2007 and the Sale of Goods and the Supply of Services Act 1980 and the relationship between retailers and consumers.

3) Industrial Relations – Deals with employer and employee relationships in detail, looking at trade unions and industrial disputes and how to solve them in the LRC/WRC and the Labour Court. It looks at unfair dismissal and discrimination.

Unit 2 focus on Enterprise and has 1 chapter:
4) Enterprise – Looking at the entrepreneurs characteristics and skills and the notion of intrapreneurship.

Unit 3 looks at Management and has usually 4 chapters:
5) Introduction to Management – Which looks at the characteristics of a manager and how managers and entrepreneurs differ.

6) Management Skills 1 – Looking at the skills of Leadership and Motivation (It also looks at the issue of Delegation).

7) Management Skills 2 – Examining the skill of Communications and the business documents. It also focuses on the area of ICT. ICT stands for Information Communication Technology.

8) Management Activities – Focuses in detail on the 3 management activities a) Planning, b) Organising and c) Controlling.

Unit 4 looks at Management in Action and usually has 5 or 6 chapters:
9) Human Resource Management – Looking at the 6 functions of a HR manager, a) Manpower Planning, b) Recruitment and Selection, 3) Training, 4) Performance Appraisal, 5) Rewards and 6) Employer and Employee relations.

10) Change – Focuses on modern business techniques and systems, 1) Teamwork, 2) Total Quality Management, 3) Empowerment and 4) ICT. It looks at modern facilitating mangers and the strategies to introduce change into your business.

11) Taxation – Focus on tax calculations and the major taxes a business is liable to pay.

12) Insurance – Examines the principles of insurance and risk management. It looks at the different types of insurance a business can use to financially protect itself.

13) Finance – Looks at the types of short term, medium term and long term finances available to a business. It also has Cash Flow Forecast analysis and calculations.

14) Ratios – Student must be able to calculate 6 major accounting ratio and interpret the results.

Unit 5 – Marketing and usually has 6 or 7 chapters:
15) Identifying Opportunities – Looks at internal and external methods to generate new business ideas.

16) Marketing – Looks at market research, market segmentation, target markets, marketing strategies and the marketing concept.

17) Product and Price – Examines the first two elements of the marketing mix, Product and Price.

18) Place and Promotion – Focuses on the next two elements of the marketing mix, Promotion and Place

19) Break Even Charts – Students learn how to do break even calculations and draft a break even chart

20) Expansion – Focuses on the reason why a firm will expand and the organic and inorganic methods of expansion.

21) Getting Started – Looks at the finance again (how to get money to set up your firm), production options (job, batch and mass production) and Business Plans.

Unit 6 focuses on the domestic scene and has 5 chapters
22) Business Scene – Looks at the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the economy.

23) Business Organisations – Looks at the 9 organisational structures 1) Sole Trader, 2) Partnerships, 3) Private Limited Companies, 4) Public Limited Companies, 5) Alliances, 6) Franchises, 7) Co-operatives, 8) Transnational companies and 9) Semi State Bodies.

24) Ethics – Examines business ethics and business social responsibility.

25) Government and the Economy – Looks at Government role in the economy and how it’s affects businesses and the 6 economic variables, 1) Taxation, 2) Unemployment, 3) Inflation, 4) Exchange Rates, 5) Grants and 6) Interest Rates.
26) Community Development – Looks at how to develop urban and rural disadvantage area and the agencies that assist in the development of these regions, such as Area Partnership Companies, Leader Programmes and County Enterprise Boards.

Unit 7 examines the International Scene:
27) International Trade – Looks at trade, balance of payments, trading blocs and the opportunities and challenges firms face in international trade.

28) Globalisation – Looks at the idea of globalisation and its impact on Irish firms, global adaptions to the marketing mix and transnational companies and their impact on economies.

29) European Union – Examines the benefits and challenges of the EU to Irish firms, it focuses on the EU institutions and decision making process of the EU and the Common Policies of the EU, such as the common agricultural policy or the common competition policy.


Chemistry (H)

This course focuses on all aspects of the Chemistry syllabus with particular emphases on common areas of difficulty. Topics are examined through the prism of exam technique and the past exam papers. Students will be instructed on how to use their knowledge in the appropriate fashion to maximise their marks in the exam. Chemistry practicals will be discussed in detail, again making use of exam papers.

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

Bring periodic table and calculator


Classical Studies (H)

The aim of this course is to provide insights for the students into the ancient Greek and Roman worlds through the study of literature, philosophy, architecture, art and the politics of those ancient races.

Detailed notes are provided on all topics. Weekly obligatory homework, which comprise of essays based on examination questions, are set.

A test is given at the end of each month at least and mini-tests are also devised for the students on other days. All students are encouraged to sit the Mock Examination 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)

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


– Theory of government
– The government’s economic objectives and policies
– How much government involvement should be there?
– Privatisation – advantages, disadvantages and history
– Government finances
– The National Budget
– The National Debt
– Taxation – principles and practice

– The functions and characteristics of money
– The 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

– Measurement of inflation using the Consumer Price Index
– User and limitations of the C.P.I
– Causes, problems and solutions of inflation

National Income
– Measurement of National Income
– Uses and 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 versus Free Trade
– Balance of Payments
– Exchange rates systems
– Determination of exchange rates

The European Union
– A history of European integration
– Advantages and disadvantages
– The enlargement of the EU
– The Euro – advantages and disadvantages
– Other EU policies

Developing Economics
– Problems and developments in the Third World
– How UE trade policies infringe in growth in these regions
– Third World debt and possible solutions
– Population explosion and its consequences


Demand, Supply & Equilibrium, Utility Elasticity
– Factors influencing demand and supply
– The interrelationship between these variables
– Utility use and measurement
– Price Elasticity of Demand – measurement and interpretation
– Other forms of elasticity

Market Structures
– Cost structures of the firm
– Equilibrium, features and knowledge of:
– Perfect Competition
– Monopoly
– Imperfect Competition
– Oligopoly
– Price Discrimination

Factors of Production
– The demand for the factors of production, MPP, MRP
– Land, features and effects
– Labour – including unemployment and its measurements, causes, problems and solutions
– Capital – including investment, saving, interest rates
– Enterprise – why it is such a significant factor

The History of Economic Thought
– The major economists and what they said
– Emphasis on:
– Adam Smith
– The Classical School
– Karl Marx
– Alfred Marshall
– John Maynard Keynes
– Monetarism


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.

Students are taught how to identify the key features of writing in the Language of Narration, the Language of Argument and the Language of Persuasion. Students are shown how to use this information to both analyse Reading Comprehension passages and structure and write compositions and functional writing (QB) creative writing exercises.

Comprehensive notes will be provided on Hamlet (note: this is the only Central Text dealt with in this class). The poets covered are TBC.

The Comparative section is dealt with through analysis of the modes set for examination in 2020, which are Theme or Issue, General Vision and Viewpoint and Literary Genre. Notes and model answers will be provided on all sections covered.

During the year notes are given on:
(1) Essay Writing
(2) The A and B questions
(3) Hamlet as the Single Text
(4) Selection of poems from all 8 poets
(5) The Unseen Poem
(6) The 3 Modes of comparison
Structuring the comparative question
Samples of effective comparative essay writing in each of the three modes of comparison

Note: Students are free/ encouraged to discuss any difficulties or problems encountered in English with the teacher.


French (H)

This course covers all the four competencies necessary for success in the Leaving Certificate: Aural, Oral, Reading and writing.

Each class focuses on all 4 competencies; however, the first half of the year aims to develop the student’s confidence in using grammatical structures. The second half of the year seeks to apply the gains made in the first three months to Leaving Certificate syllabus. While the content is similar to the fifth year course the complexity of the material covered is designed to reflect the demands of the Leaving Certificate.

In particular, the course aims to improve the chances of success in the exam by an in-depth study of:

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


Geography (H)

Students who join the class will be able to improve their preparation for the Leaving Certificate Geography exam.

– Covering the main topics that make up the course. This will begin with Physical Geography, continuing with Regional Geography and finishing with the Elective and Option Units.
– Practising the Geographical Skills components of the course. This will be done throughout the year with part of each class set aside to allow for this, e.g. ordnance survey, aerial photograph, graph interpretation, statistical interpretation, etc.
– Developing and improving exam answering techniques. Students will be advised on how to improve the content of answers and the timing of these answers. There is a particular focus on the practical reality of an exam. This will reduce the stress of exam preparation.

Core Unit 1 – Physical Geography
– Plate Tectonics
– Earthquakes and Volcanoes
– Folding and Faulting
– The Rock Cycle
– Human Interaction with the Rock Cycle
– Weathering
– 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
– Complexity of Regions

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
– Migration
– Over-population
– Urban Growth
– Urban Land-Use
– Urban Problems
– Ordnance Survey Maps
– Aerial Photographs

Economic Elective
– Economic Development – Developed Economies
– Economy and Environment
– Impact of Colonialism
– Impact of Globalisation
– MNC’s
– 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.

– Formation of Soils
– Characteristics of Soil
– Soil Processes
– Soil Types
– Human Impact on Soils
– Biomes
– Human Impact on Biomes


German (H)

This course concentrates on enabling students achieve their maximum potential in their Leaving Cert German exam.

We concentrate on the four main skills tested in the exam, offering ongoing homework and oral support throughout the year. The classes are exam focused and also focus on building the students confidence in the language.

Topics from:
– Oral work with special emphasis on the Leaving Certificate oral 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, with a major emphasis on listening skills required for the Leaving Certificate aural test.
– Extensive reading comprehension practice, introducing students to both journalistic and literary styles of texts, with in-depth concentration on comprehension answering skills and techniques for the written exam
– Letter writing, short essay and opinion of issue practice.
– Fundamental knowledge of grammar put into practice in the writing techniques needed for the examination.
– Formal grammar section covered in detail


History (H)

General Course Structure

*Irish History (Students will select one topic)

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

Topics Covered:

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

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

Topics Covered:

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

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.

Compulsory Documents Section

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

The Three Case Studies are;

  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. The Moon Landing, 1969.
  • Cold War and the Space Race
  • Advances in military and information technology
  • The Moon Landing, 1969.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will establish a comprehensive insight and overview of each of the three Case Studies.
  • Students will have a familiarity with the key personalities from each Case Study and what contribution they made to these events
  • Students will develop a familiarity and competence in interpreting and managing sample document questions
  • Students will understand the layout, criteria and marking scheme of the compulsory documents based section of the exam paper.


Home Economics (H)

The home economics course covers the theory section of the syllabus using very precise notes.

The core areas of food studies including nutrition, consumer studies & resource management and social studies are covered in detail. One topic from the elective (20%) section of the course is covered towards the end of the year.

Past exam questions linked to the area being studied are explored and analyzed in each class, providing a valuable insight into how the marking scheme is applied. Answering techniques and level of detail required to ensure success form an integral part of the course each week.

Topics from:
– Nutrition and food studies
– Family resource Management
– Consumer studies, social studies
– Food studies – dairy products, cereals, food preparation and cooking processes, food processing and packaging, food spoilage
– Elective 1 or 3 (depending on class group preference)
– Food studies – food additives, preservation, food legislation, food safety and hygiene, meat. Textile studies.


Irish (H)

The weekend classes cover all areas of the Leaving Cert exam with weekly guidelines on the Oral and Aural sections, which combined cover 50% of the entire exam.

Students will benefit enormously from the sample answers in all areas of Poetry and Prose, with significant emphasis on exam technique which will maximise their grades.

The Ceapadoireacht section in Paper 1 puts great emphasis on basic grammatical skills which are covered in every single class during the 29 weeks.

The course fully prepares the student to face the examination with the confidence to attain a high grade.

Topics from:
– Oral Exam Preparation
– Aiste ,Diospoireacht. Sceal. Oraid
– Grammar
– Comprehensions
– Filiocht /poetry
– Pros/prose
– Filiocht Breise. CHEIST 4F
– Cluastuiscint
– Scrudu Beil.   Failtiu / Sraith Pictiur / Aithris filiochta / Comhra Ginearalta.


Maths (H)

The Higher Level maths course covers all the essential methods, formulae and procedures required for success in the Leaving Certificate maths papers.

The emphasis is on the understanding of the methods and on the application of these methods to practical problems. Also stressed is the ability to recognise appropriate methods when presented with new looking questions.

Comprehensive notes are presented on a weekly basis. Fully worked solutions are provided with a huge number of examples. While time is at a premium during class, students are more than welcome to approach the teacher at the end of class with any issues they may have.

Topics from:
– Numbers & Algebra
Algebra & Functions
Algebra & Graphs
Algebra: Powers and Logs
Geometry: Constructions
Co-ordinate Geometry
Sequences & Series
Financial Maths
Complex Numbers
Inferential Statistics

Bring log tables and calculator


Maths Fast-Paced (H)

Fast paced Maths is for students expecting to achieve at least a grade H2 in LC June 2020.

As with the standard classes, students are provided with comprehensive notes on all topics. These notes include fully worked solutions to all exercise questions contained in the notes.

The difference between the standard classes and the fast paced class is that in the latter, more time is spent on more challenging questions and methods, and a little less time on the more basic procedures. However, the topics are covered at the same rate in all classes. In all classes, students are encouraged to ask questions when issues arise. This can only be of benefit to all students.

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)

Topics from:

Paper 1

– Algebra
– Complex numbers
– Calculus (Differentation)
– Number Patterns
– Financial Maths

Paper 2

– Coordinate Geometry of the Line
– Coordinate Geometry of the Circle
– Trigonometry
– Probability
– Statistics


Physics (H)

The classes in physics will cover all material on the Leaving Cert syllabus. A strong emphasis is placed on the Leaving Cert exam and this is greatly helped by constant reference to past paper questions.

Students receive guidance in how to study physics and how to prepare for examinations. How to correctly read examination questions and how to “answer what was asked” are vital student skills that the teacher helps to develop.

The classes are taught in a friendly, relaxed and structured manner that is conducive to understanding the principles of physics. The clear understanding of these principles enables the students to tackle problems with confidence.

Detailed notes are provided on all topics. The notes are written in a style that students find easy to follow and understand and at the same time the notes meet with the requirements of the higher level Leaving Cert. 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: moments, circular motion, planetary motion, S.H.M.
– Sound and Waves: Doppler Effect, standing waves, sound intensity
– Light: reflection, refraction, diffraction
– Electricity 1: nature of charge, Coulomb’s law, capacitance
– Electricity 2: resistivity, resistance, conductivity, semiconductors
– Heat and temperature: thermometers, S.H.C. latent heat
– Electromagnetism: magnets, electromagnetic induction
– Modern physics: photoelectric effect, X-rays, radioactivity, nuclear energy
– Particle physics: Cockcroft and Walton, mass-energy, quarks

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 One’ or ‘Phase Two’ schools***

This course operates in a manner that places more responsibility on its students to engage with content and concepts than a traditional ‘grinds’ environment.

Central to its specifications are the theories of 16 Key Thinkers, who range from Political Philosophers like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Karl Marx, to modern Feminist thinkers such as Sylvia Walby and Martha Nussbaum.

Handling supporting data and integrating relevant contemporary case studies from home and abroad form the backbone of the course content. This is supplemented by a detailed examination of national, international, and supranational institutions, treaties, and Non-Governmental Organiations.

The course explores four interconnected strands:
1. Power & Decision Making
2. Human Rights & Responsibilities
3. Globalisation and Localisation
4. Active Citizenship.

In addition to traditionally examined materials, the subject also includes an “Active Citizenship Project” worth 20% of the students’ final grade. This revision course offers guidance on the projects, but they will not be undertaken within this structure.


Spanish (H)

In this course there is a strong emphasis on grammar. Having benefited from this important foundation the students will then be in a position to tackle with confidence the areas of the Oral, Aural, Reading and Written sections of the Leaving Cert exam.

During the course the students will work with past exam papers and will become familiar with the format of the exam.

Topics from:
– General overview of the exam paper.
– Key grammar points. Sentence building.
– Reading Comprehension: Strategies and key vocabulary.
– Oral work on role-plays and interview preparation.
– Opinion piece (Topics, structure, mind maps, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, common errors…)
– Writing techniques for Dialogue construction and Formal letters, Diary entries and Notes.
– Aural comprehension: Strategies, vocabulary for the weather report and practice with past exam papers and mock exams.
– Work on common errors.
– Advise for the exam. Time management.

* The oral component of the syllabus is dealt with in detail as part of this course.

Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020 : WEEKLY TIMETABLES



Accounting (H) Fridays17:30-18:45
Accounting (H)Saturdays09:00-10:15
Applied Maths (H)Fridays19:00-20:15
Applied MathsSaturdays10:30-11:45
Biology (H)Wednesdays17:00-18:15
Biology (H)Fridays17:30-18:45
Biology (H)Saturdays09:00-10:15
Biology (H)Saturdays10:30-11:45
Biology (H)Saturdays12:00-13:15
Biology (H)Saturdays13:30-14:45
Business (H)Fridays17:30-18:45
Business (H)Saturdays09:00-10:15
Chemistry (H)Fridays17:30-18:45
Chemistry (H)Saturdays19:00-20:15
Chemistry (H)Saturdays12:00-13:15
Classical Studies (H)Fridays17:30-18:45
Economics (H)Saturdays10:30-11:45
English (H)Wednesdays18:30-19:45
English (H)Fridays17:30-18:45
English (H)Fridays19:00-20:15
English (H)Saturdays09:00-10:15
English (H)Saturdays10:30-11:45
English (H)Saturdays12:00-13:15
English (H)Saturdays13:30-14:45
French (H)Fridays17:30-18:45
French (H)Saturdays09:00-10:15
French (H)Saturdays10:30-11:45
French (H)Saturdays12:00-13:15
Geography (H)Saturdays09:00-10:15
Geography (H)Saturdays10:30-11:45
German (H)Saturdays09:00-10:15
History (H)Fridays17:30-18:45
History (H)Saturdays12:00-13:15
Home EconomicsSaturdays10:30-11:45
Irish (H)Fridays17:30-18:45
Irish (H)Saturdays09:00-10:15
Irish (H)Saturdays10:30-11:45
Maths (H)Wednesdays17:00-18:15
Maths (H)Fridays17:30-18:45
Maths (H)Fridays19:00-20:15
Maths (H)Saturdays09:00-10:15
Maths (H)Saturdays10:30-11:45
Maths (H)Saturdays12:00-13:15
Maths- Fast Paced (H)**Saturdays09:00-10:15
Maths- Fast Paced (H)**Saturdays10:30-11:45
Maths- Fast Paced (H)**Saturdays12:00-13:15
Maths (O)Saturdays10:30-11:45
Physics (H)Fridays17:30-18:45
Physics (H)Saturdays09:00-10:15
Physics (H)Saturdays10:30-11:45
Politics & Society (H)***Saturdays10:30-11:45
Spanish (H)*Saturdays09:00-10:15


Biology (H)Mondays 19:30-20:45
English (H)Tuesdays18:00-19:15
Irish (H)Tuesdays 18:00-19:15
Maths (H)Mondays18:00-19:15
Maths (H)Tuesdays17:30-18:45

Please note: we offer grinds in all other subjects at our Leeson Street Campus


Biology (H)Mondays20:00-21:15
English (H)Mondays20:00-21:15
Irish (H)Mondays18:30-19:45
Maths (H)Mondays18:30-19:45

Please note: we offer grinds in all other subjects at our Leeson Street Campus


Biology (H)Wednesdays19:00-20:15
English (H)Wednesdays19:30-20:45
Irish (H)Wednesdays18:00-19:15
Maths (H)Wednesdays18:00-19:15
Maths (H)Wednesdays19:30-20:45

Please note: we offer grinds in all other subjects at our Leeson Street Campus


Biology (H)Thursdays19:30-20:45
English (H)Thursday19:30-20:45
Irish (H)Thursdays18:00-19:15
Maths (H)Thursdays18:00-19:15

Please note: we offer grinds in all other subjects at our Leeson Street Campus


Location Information

  • LEESON STREET: 79/85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
  • STILLORGAN: The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Stillorgan, Co Dublin
  • MALAHIDE: The Grand Hotel Malahide, Malahide Road, Co. Dublin
  • MARINO: Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin
  • WESTMANSTOWN: Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre, Westmanstown, Dublin 15


Please note:

  • Students can enrol throughout the year, subject to vacancies.
  • Class availability is subject to change, please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view the classes currently available.
  • Each Class is 1 hour 15 minutes in duration.

Please note: Fees reduce on a weekly basis throughout the year.

OPTION 1: Pay in Full

1 Subject €540 €30
2 Subjects€920€90
3 Subjects€1,245€115
4 Subjects €1,450€130
5 Subjects€1,695€100

OPTION 2: Pay by Installment 

SubjectsInstallment: 13/01/20-16/02/20Installment: 16/02/20-16/05/20Total
1 Subject€205€365€570
2 Subjects€360€650€1,010
3 Subjects€485 €875€1,360
4 Subjects€565€1,015€1,580
5 Subjects€640€1,150€1,790

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

Classes commence on Monday 2 September 2019. Please note, classes and study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Monday 28 October- Sunday 3 November 2019
Monday 17 February – Sunday 23 February 2020

Christmas Holidays:
Monday 16 December 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020
Classes resume on Monday 6 January 2020

St Patrick’s Day:
Wednesday 11 March – Tuesday 17 March 2020

Easter Holidays:
Monday 6 April- Sunday 19 April 2020

Final Classes / Study:
Sunday 17 May 2020


Sample a Class:
Any of our weekly grinds can be sampled free of charge. Advance booking is required. Please contact our office on 01 661 3511 for further details.
Current Office Hours:

Monday8:00 – 17:00
Tuesday8:00 – 17:00
Wednesday8:00 – 19:00
Thursday8:00 – 17:00
Friday8:00 – 19:00
Saturday8:00 – 14:00

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: Are Supervised Study facilities available to part-time students?

A: As part of an annual early booking offer, supervised study is offered, free of charge, to 6th Year students attending our weekend grinds. Full details of this offer are available during the summer on our website.

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.

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