Leaving Cert 2018 – Evening & Saturday Classes


Wednesday 7 September 2016 – Saturday 20 May 2017*
Leaving Certificate 2018

*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 Leaving 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) 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.

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Each Class is 1.5 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.

The course will focus on continuous practise of likely LC Accounting topics with particular emphasis on marking schemes etc and how students can maximise their grades.

Time will also be invested in the Theory section of the course without which students would find it difficult to score As.

Handouts with full solutions will be given for all LC Higher Level Accounting topics going back over 20 years.

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 is essentially about solving problems. It involves a huge amount of practice and the building up of skills, strategies and confidence.

This course will first revise all the basic fundamental skills of each topic. When the basics have been dissected and absorbed, we will gradually take on more and more difficult problems, gradually building up confidence levels until we get comfortable with all the twists and the strategies needed for solving the toughest questions.

Comprehensive notes and questions for each topic and complete solutions for all the LC questions over the past 40 years will be supplied.

Ordinary Level
– Motion & Vectors
– Projectiles
– Relative Velocity
– Connected Particles
– Collisions & Energy
– Statics
– Circular Motion

Higher Level
– Motion & Vectors
– Projectiles
– Relative Velocity
– Connected Particles
– Collisions & Energy
– Statics
– Circular Motion
– Simple Harmonic Motion
– Differential Equations

Topics from:

– The characteristics of life & the scientific method
– Food (biomolecules)
– Cell structure
– Cell diversity
– Enzymes i
– Enzymes ii
– Exam question focus
– Movement through membranes
– Cell continuity(mitosis)
– Respiration i
– Diversity of living things
– Monera (bacteria)
– Exam question focus
– Fungi
– Protoctista (amoeba)
– Structure of flowering plants
– Transport in flowering plants
– Human circulatory system
– Human lymphatic system & defence
– Human nutrition
– Homeostasis
– Human breathing system
– Human excretion system
– The endocrine system
– The nervous system
– Ecology i
– Ecology ii
– Exam question focus

The aim of the course is to allow students to gain a thorough understanding of the different topics that are part of the chemistry Leaving Certificate course. In addition, the course will allow students to gain maximum benefit from the practicals that are part of the Leaving Certificate syllabus.

While covering each topic there will be continuous reference to related questions from past Leaving Certificate papers with a view to giving students confidence in dealing with the Leaving Certificate exam.

Bring periodic table and calculator
Topics from:
– Mole concept, Isotopes , Stoichiometry
– Periodic Table, Arrangement of electrons in atoms, Trends in the Periodic Table .
– Chemical Bonding, Tests for Anions, Recrystallisation and Melting Point Determination .
– Intermolecular forces, Shapes of Covalent Molecules.
– Oxidation and Reduction , Oxidation numbers , Balancing Redox Equations , Halogens as Oxidising Agents.
– Introduction to Volumetric Analysis, Preparation of Standard Solutions. Acid Base Titrations.
– Properties of Gases, Ideal Gas Equation, Measurement of Relative Molecular Mass of Volatile Liquid.
– Volumetric Analysis (Part 2) , Redox Titrations, Potassium Permanganate and Iron (11) Ions ,Sodium Thiosulphate and Iodine.
– Hydrocarbons, Oil refining and oil products, Thermochemistry, Hydrogen.
– Alkanes, Alkenes and Alkynes . Mechanisms of Substitution and Addition Reactions. Benzene.


This class is designed to give 5th Year students a comprehensive understanding of the coursework that is set for examination in Leaving Cert Higher Level English 2018.

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 King Lear (note: this is the only Central Text dealt with in this class). The poets covered in Term 1 are: Eavan Boland, Robert Frost, Philip Larkin, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain.

The Comparative section is dealt with through analysis of the modes set for examination in 2018, which are: Cultural Context, Vision & Viewpoint and  Literary Genre. Notes and model answers will be provided on all sections covered.

Topics from:
– Introduction to Key Concepts – Paper 1
– Introduction to Poetry
– Introduction to Key Concepts – Comparative
– Introduction to ‘King Lear’
– 2016 Paper 1
– Analysis of 3 Reading Comprehension Passages – QA&B
– Model answers & template approaches
– Unseen Poetry
– Poet #1 – Eavan Boland
– Composition – Narrative writing
– Poet #2 – Robert Frost
– Composition – Discursive writing
– Poet #3 – John Keats
– King Lear – Key Scenes & Quotes
– Comparative – Theme or Issue
– Comparative – Literary Genre
– Comparative – General Vision & Viewpoint
– Poet # 4 – Philip Larkin
– Analysis of key characters – Hamlet
– Poet # 5 – Eilean Ni Chuilleanain
– Analysis of key themes – King Lear

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. In particular the course aims to improve proficiency in the areas of:

Topics from:

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

The weekend course concentrates on enabling students achieve their maximum potential in their Leaving Cert German exam. We concentrate on the four main skills tested n the exam, offering ongoing homework and oral support throughout the year. The classes are exam focused and 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.

This course will focus on covering poetry and prose requirements with detailed notes and sample answers to past paper, including the optional literature. Each week students will be presented with sample essays and this will enhance students’ use of vocabulary and key phrases.

Students will improve their oral skills with sample answers to common questions and will practice their oral skills in class. All the picture sequences 1-20 will be covered in class.

Aural practice of past papers in class will improve aural skills, and students will acquaint themselves terms, questions and the various dialects presented.

Fifth year is an ideal time to develop grammar skills so there will be a weekly focus on different grammatical aspects of the language. Vocabulary range will also be enhanced with a focus on comprehension past papers.

Students will be advised on exam technique and the best means by which to negotiate the exam, so as to be comfortable and prepared for what may be asked.

Topics from:
– Ceapadoireacht: Essay, Debate, Oration
– Poetry/ Filíocht
– Prose/Prós: Prose stories/Film/Drama
– Aural/Cluastuiscint
– Oral/Béaltriail: Picture sequence /Sraithphictiúir
– Gramadach
– Léamhthuiscint
– Litríocht bhreise/ Extra literature: Gafa, an triail

Students will be shown how to approach exam questions and homework properly. They will be given guidance on the resource material they will need to enhance their studies.

Each class will cover the basics and the students will get excellent knowledge of the marking schemes.

Students will receive notes covering the fundamentals in the following areas:

– Algebra
– Complex Numbers
– Limits and an introduction to Calculus
– Financial Mathematics
– Sequences and Series
– Differentiation
– Anti- Differentiation
– Integration
– Trigonometry
– Co ordinate Geometry

Bring log tables and calculator

The classes in Physics will cover selected topics from 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 the various 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.

As the students are in fifth year, emphasis is placed on certain parts of some of the topics below. A solid understanding of this material forms a great foundation for the students study in sixth year.

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: resistivity, resistance, conductivity, semiconductors

Bring log tables, past papers and calculator

A strong foundation in grammar is of the utmost importance in developing the necessary skills to perform well in the Spanish exam. With this in mind the initial emphasis of the course is on grammar. Once this important foundation has been established students will then practice with past papers and learn strategies to maximize their marks in the Oral, Aural, Reading and Written sections.

Each student will be given the opportunity to sit a mock oral exam and subsequently will receive invaluable tailored feedback from the teacher. They will be encouraged to do specific homework which will be of great benefit especially when it comes to the Opinion Piece.

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.
– Writing techniques for Dialogue construction and Formal letters, Diary entries and Notes.
– Aural comprehension: Strategies and vocabulary.
– Advise for the exam.
– Work on common errors.


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.

Accounting (H)Friday 7.15pm-8.45pm
Applied Maths (H)Saturday 9.00am-10.30am
Biology (H)Saturday 10.45am-12.15pm
Chemistry (H)Friday 5.30pm-7.00pm
English (H)Friday 5.30pm-7.00pm
Saturday 9.00am-10.30am
French (H)Saturday 10.45am-12.15pm
GermanSaturday 10.45am-12.15pm
Irish (H)Saturday 12.30pm-2.00pm
Maths (H)Wednesday 6.45pm-8.15pm
Friday 7.15pm-8.45 pm
Saturday 9.00am-10.30am
Saturday 10.45am-12.15pm
Physics (H)Friday 7.15pm-8.45pm
Spanish (H)Saturday, 10.45am-12.15pm


Single Payment (commencement date: 29th April 2017)

1 Class€160
2 Classes€280
3 Classes€380
4 Classes€440
5 Classes€495

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. 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.