Leaving Cert August Intensive Preparation


Monday 22 August – Thursday 25 August 2016
Leaving Certificate 2017

For over 40 years, The Institute of Education’s August Intensive Preparation Course has been preparing students for their final year and helping them to improve their exam grades.

These classes, taught by our experienced and expert teachers, are designed for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in June 2017.

Students may attend up to 3 classes per day. Classes are one and a half hours in duration.

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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.

Topics from:
Club Accounts
Marginal Costing; Cash Flow Statements
Final Accounts
Ratio Analysis
Service Firms
Correction of Errors
Incomplete Records
Topics from:
Human Biology.
Flowering Plant (Structure, Reproduction).
Monera, Fungi, Protista.
Respiration, Photosynthesis.
DNA, RNA, Protein Synthesis
Bring periodic table and calculator

Volumetric Analysis,
Periodic table, VSEPR theory, trends etc.
Acids / Bases / Salts

Topics from:


1. Demand and Supply – Students will have a thorough understanding of the forces that determine market prices and so on.
2. Elasticity – Students will have full knowledge of how changes in price, income and the prices of other goods will impact on demand and supply.
3. Costs of production – Students will have a thorough understanding of average costs and marginal costs, of long-run and short-run, of economies and diseconomies of scale and profit maximisation.
4. Competition – Students will study all the forms of competition from perfect competition to monopoly and any form in between.
5. Factors of Production – Land, Labour, Capital and Enterprise will be studied with special emphasis on Labour.


1. National Income – The calculation of national income, the circular flow of income, the multiplier and the uses and weaknesses of national income statistics.
2. The Government – The budget, the national debt, the taxation system, privatisation versus nationalisation, direct tax versus indirect tax and so on.
3. International Trade -The law of comparative advantage, exchange rates, the balance of payments, the terms of trade and the importance of international trade to a small open economy.
4. Money and Banking – Credit creation, consumer price index, banking regulation, the European central bank.
5. Miscellaneous Section – Population and emigration, the history of economic thought, economic systems.

During the 4 days notes will be given on:

Essay Question: Study of effective writing in different essay styles.

Comprehending: The (A) question: Examining feature of writing style and comprehensive skills.

Composing: The (B) question: Study of the skills needed for short composing tasks and the presentation of a point of view.

Shakespearean drama: Hamlet: Analysis of key scenes and character profiles with a sample answer.

Poetry: Study of selected poems from the 8 poets on the course focusing on themes and imagery.

Comparative Study: A selection of comparative texts together with analysis of modes of comparison. Sample answers provided.

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

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

Reading Comprehension skills
Listening skills
Written themes/technique covered
How to get the grade in the exam
Vocabulary building
Sentence structure
Grammar covered
Word order
Relative pronoun
1. Ceapadoireacht
2. Poetry
3. Prose
4. Cluastuiscint
5. Leamhthuiscint
6. an TRIAIL
7. Filiocht Bhreise
8. Gramadach.
Bring log tables and calculator
Topics from:
Co-ordinate Geometry
Differentiation (Intro)
Bring log tables, past papers and calculator
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


10.00am – 11.30amBusiness (H)
Geography (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H)
Physics (H)
11.45am – 1.15pmAccounting (H)
Biology (H)
English (H)
French (H)
German (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H)
1.45pm – 3.15pmBiology (H)
Chemistry (H)

Economics (H)
English (H)
Maths (H)


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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: Are Supervised Study facilities available to students on the August preparation Course?
A: Yes, all students attending our Intensive Revision Courses can avail of Free Supervised Study in our Study Halls.

Q: Is there a place I can get lunch?
A: Yes, we have an onsite canteen serving a variety of sandwiches and drinks. Also, locally, there are sandwich bars and shops.

Q: Are the classes conducted ‘lecture style’ or are students free to ask questions?
A: Our teachers are very approachable and students are free to ask questions.

Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend.  Can I have a refund?
A: No, there are no refunds.  However, if you return the student’s admission card to us immediately, along with a short letter of explanation, at the discretion of management, a credit note can be put on the student’s file for future use or for use by a sibling.

Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course.  Can we buy the notes?
A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from classes that I was absent from?
A: Yes, however you must deal directly with your teacher in relation to this. Administration staff do not have access to class notes.

Q: Some class timetables refer to Sections A & B. What does this mean?
A: Due to syllabus length, some subjects are split into sections. This is to ensure that topics can be given sufficient time in class. Students can choose the section that best suits their needs.