Junior Cert 2017 Evening and Saturday Classes


Wednesday 7 September 2016 – Saturday 20 May 2017*
Junior Certificate 2017

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

Please note; classes are taking place as normal this weekend, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February. The mid term break is next week, there are no classes Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th February.

For over 40 years, The Institute of Education’s Evening and Saturday weekly grinds have been preparing students for the Junior Certificate. These grinds, taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, can help students to improve their exam grades by improving subject knowledge, addressing problem areas and boosting confidence.

Important notice regarding on-line booking and admission cards for 2016/2017
Admission cards are required for entry to all Evening & Saturday Weekly Grinds. To receive your admission card after making an online booking, please forward a passport sized photograph to photos@ioe.ie . Please include the student’s full name and date of birth in the message of the email.

Alternatively post a passport sized photograph with the student’s name written on the back or call into The Institute of Education office between 8am – 6pm, Monday – Friday, and we can take a photograph here, free of charge.

Sample a Class: Any of our Junior or Leaving Certificate weekly grinds can be sampled for one week for a fee of €30. Advance booking is required. Please contact our office on 01 661 3511 for further details.


Classes commence on Wednesday 7 September 2016. Please note, classes and study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Wednesday 3 November – Sunday 6 November 2016
Wednesday 22 February – Sunday 26 February 2017

Christmas Holidays:
Wednesday 21 December 2016 – Sunday 8 January 2017
Classes resume on Wednesday 11 January 2017

St Patrick’s Day:
Wednesday 15 March – Saturday 18 March 2017

Easter Holidays:
Wednesday 12 April – Sunday 23 April 2017

Final Classes / Study:
Sunday 21 May 2017


  1. Students may call into The Institute of Education Office between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday or on Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm, where we can take a photograph of the student and create their admission card.
  2. Email a photograph (JPEG format) to: photos@instituteofeducation.ie  (please include the student’s full name and date of birth in the message of the email)
  3. Post a Passport sized photograph to: Admissions Office, The Institute of Education, 79 – 85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. (please include the student’s full name and date of birth with the photograph)

Upon receipt of photograph the admission card will be processed.
NO CARD NO CLASS: Students who arrive for class without their admission card must pay €10 for a day pass

Please click here to view Terms & Conditions for our part-time tuition and courses>>


Each Class is 1.25 hours in duration.
Click on the subject name below to discover the topics being covered.
Examination Techniques: How to answer questions, manage time etc. are dealt with in all subjects.

This course will cover all of the Junior Certificate Business syllabus with particular emphasis on continuous practise of the relevant Junior Certificate Business topics. A significant part of the course will be invested in topics on Accounting which are guaranteed to appear on the Junior Certificate paper. Students will be given handouts in each class containing all the relevant questions with detailed solutions which will allow students to attain the highest grades possible.

Topics from:
– Budgeting
– People at Work
– Economics, Banking
– Insurance
– Consumer
– Day Books/ Ledgers
– Final Accounts, Club Accounts
– Ratios, Marketing/IT
– Transport
– Cash Flow Forecast


In line with the programme of reform at Junior Cycle a new subject specification has been introduced in Junior Cycle English. The new specification will be examined for the first time in 2017. Please click here to read about our approach to teaching the new course>>

This course covers all the four competencies necessary for success in the Junior 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 Junior Certificate syllabus. In particular the course aims to improve proficiency in the areas of:

Topics from:

– Letter writing
– The Note
– The Postcard
– Reading Comprehensions (method and content)
– Listening comprehensions

The aim of this course is to prepare students for the writing, aural, written and comprehension aspects of the Junior Cert higher level Irish course.

Working with past papers and sample answers, students will get to grips with the challenging questions of the unseen poetry and prose, and be prepared for a wide range of questions that may be required for the seen prose and poetry.

They will be presented with sample answers in composition, including story writing and letter writing and will improve their vocabulary and turn of phrase. Students will improve their grammatical ability with exam based exercises, and an emphasis on the key grammatical aspects of the language. Aural practice will improve aural skills through practice and key vocabulary required for this question.

Overall students will be advised on exam technique and the best means to negotiate the paper, so as to achieve high marks in all sections of the exam.

– Leamhthuiscint / Comprehension
– Trialacha teanga chomhtéacsúla agus gramadach / Contextual Language tests and grammar
– Ceapadóireacht, Aiste, scéal, Blag, díospóireacht / Composition
– Prós/ Prose
– Filíocht/ Poetry
– Litir/ Letter
– Cluastuiscint /Aural

This class provides an opportunity for students to consolidate prior learning and maximise their potential for exam success.

All of the five strands of the Project Maths syllabus (Statistics and Probability, Geometry and Trigonometry, Number, Algebra and Functions) are covered in detail. Particular emphasis is placed on the linkage between the strands, how this linkage has presented in past exam papers, and how it may present in the examination in June.

Classes are interactive in nature and students are encouraged to participate in their own learning. Clear and detailed notes allow students to use their revision time efficiently and graded exercises mean that students can challenge themselves appropriately.

Topics from:
– Number Systems
– Number Systems/Probability
– Probability/Statistics
– Statistics
– Statistics/Algebra
– Algebra
– Algebra/Graphing Functions
– Graphing Functions/The Line
– The Line
– The Line/Geometry
– Geometry
– Geometry/Algebra
– Algebra/The Line/Graphing Functions
– Quadratic Functions
– Perimeter, Area, Volume
– Perimeter, Area, Volume
– Trigonometry
– Arithmetic
– Arithmetic/Mock Papers
– Mock Papers
– NB: Constructions hand out given to students, 3-4 possible/relevant constructions maybe covered if required.

Bring log tables and calculator

This course is structured to ensure students achieve the best results possible in their Science exam. All topics in the three sections of the syllabus, Physics, Chemistry and Biology are covered in detail.

The focus is on exam technique, with constant exam question practice an integral part of every class. This ensures the students gain experience and confidence to tackle the examination Students will receive clear and concise notes with sample solutions to examination questions and will include other revision material. All practical aspects of the coursework are revised and helpful tips are provided to assist students complete their investigations thus maximising their marks gained in their final examination.

Topics from:
– Introduction To Science Course
– Outline Of Syllabus Content: Coursework A And B
– Cells, Microscopes,
– Atomic Structure, The Periodic Table
– Measurement, Density, Energy
– States Of Matter
– Separation Methods
– Elements, Compounds, Mixtures
– Solutions And Crystals
– Breathing Respiration,
– Circulatory System
– Excretion, Skeleton,
– Magnetism
– Motion
– Recap And Exam Questions
– Food, Digestion, Enzymes
– Forces, Moments, Levers, Centre Of Gravity
– Heat, Heat Transfer
– Human Reproduction And Genetics
– Plant Structure And Transport, Photosynthesis, Tropisms
– Chemical Bonding
– Acids And Bases
– Energy, Power, Work
– Air, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide
– Water, Water Hardness
– Coursework B Guidelines (25% Of Exam)
– Ecology Principles And Habitat Study
– Plant Reproduction, Microbiology,Biotechnology
– Sensory System, The Eye, Fuels
– Electricity
– Electronics
– Metals, Non-Metals, Plastics
– Light, Sound
– Revision And Exam Preparation


Timetable details for the 2016/2017 academic year are below.

Please note: Class availability is subject to change, please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view the classes currently available.

Business Studies (H)Saturday 10.30 am-11.45 am
English (H)Friday 7.00 pm-8.15 pm
Saturday 10.30 am-11.45 am
Saturday 12.00 pm-1.15 pm
French (H)Saturday 9.00 am-10.15 am
Irish (H)Friday 5.30 pm-6.45 pm
Saturday 10.30 am-11.45 am
Maths (H)Friday 5.30pm-6.45pm
Saturday 9.00 am-10.15 am
Saturday 10.30 am-11.45 am
Saturday 12.00 pm-1.15 pm
Science (H)Friday 5.30 pm-6.45 pm
Saturday 12.00 am-1.15 pm


Single Payment (commencement date: 29th April 2017)

1 Subject€130
2 Subjects€205
3 Subjects€265
4 Subjects€315
5 Subject€350

Please note:
Laser/Credit Card payments accepted
A handling fee of 1.85% of the course cost will be applied all payments made by Credit Card. Payments made by debit card will not be subject to this fee.
10% reduction for two or more members of the same family. Please contact our office to avail of this discount.
Fees are non-transferable


Q: Can I be admitted to class without my card?
A: NO CARD, NO CLASS. It is every student’s personal responsibility to ensure they have their card with them each time they attend classes at the Institute. We have the right to refuse admission to any student who does not comply with this regulation. A day pass costs €10. A replacement card costs €20.

Q: 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.

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 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: 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.