Science Practicals


Biology: Thursday 10 November 2016 – Thursday 9 February 2017
Chemistry: Saturday 12 November 2016 – Saturday 11 February 2017
Leaving Certificate 2017

Complete the practical component of Leaving Cert Biology and Chemistry on our 12 week Science Practicals courses. Taught by our experienced and skilled teachers in modern, well equipped labs, these practical classes can be combined with the theory classes available on our Evening & Saturday weekly grinds.

Please note:

Students must enrol before Wednesday 12 October 2016 as laboratory spaces are limited.
A discount of 10% will be applied to the practical course fee for those students who enrolled in the associated theory classes.
Missed practicals will not be repeated.
Students taking any subject independently must inform their schools. The Institute of Education accepts no responsibility for students who fail to do so or who fail to apply to sit the subject in the Leaving certificate.
Practical classes will proceed subject to sufficient demand.

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Biology (H)
1. Qualitative food tests
– Test for- proteins
– Reducing sugars
– Starch
– Fats/oils

2.  The Microscope
– To be familiar with a light microscope
– To prepare and examine plant cell
– To prepare and examine animal cells
– To prepare and examine the TS of a dicot stem

3. Enzymes
– To Investigate the effect of ph on enzyme activity
– To investigate the effect of Temperature on enzyme activity
– To investigate the effect of heat denaturation on enzyme activity
– To (a) prepare an enzyme immobilisation (b) To examine application

4. Photosynthesis
– To investigate the effect of light intensity or CO2 concentration on photosynthesis

5. Fermentation
– To prepare and show production of ethanol

6. Osmosis
– To demonstrate Osmosis

7. DNA
– To Isolate DNA from  plant tissue

8. Fungi
– To investigate the growth of leaf yeast on Malt Agar plates

9. The Heart
– To dissect,Identify and display parts of the sheeps heart
– To investigate the effect of exercise on heart beat and brathing rate

10. Plant growth and Germination
– To demonstrate the factors necessary for germination
– To investigate the effect of IAA growth regulator on plants
– To demonstrate the effect of digestive enzymes during germinatiom

11. Ecology.
– There are 5 activities in this group these are determined by the teacher

Chemistry (H)

The following mandatory practicals will be covered:

1.    Flame Tests (Li, Na, Ba Sr, Cu)
2.    Redox reactions of group vii elements and replacement of metals.
3.    Test for anions in aqueous solutions (Chloride, Carbonate, Hydrogen Carbonate, Sulphate, Sulphite, Phosphate)
4.    Determination of the relative molecular mass of a volatile liquid
5.    Preparation of a Standard solution
6.    Standardising a HCl solution using standard Na2CO3
7.    Determination of the % Ethanoic acid in vinegar
8.    Determination of the % Water of crystallisation in hydrated Sodium Carbonate
9.    Determination of the concentration of an Iron (11) Sulphate solution using KmnO4
10.    Determination of the amount of Iron in an Iron tablet
11.    Iodide/Thiosulphate titration
12.    Determination % Hypochlorite in Bleach
13.    Heat of Neutralisation of an acid
14.    Preparation & Properties of Ethene
15.    Rate of reaction of Peroxide using a catalyst
16.    Affects on reaction rates of (1) concentration (11) temperature
17.    Recrystallisation of Benzoic acid and Melting point
18.    Preparation of soap
19.    Preparation and properties of Ethyne
20.    Preparation oh Benzoic acid
21.    properties of Ethanal
22.    properties of Ethanoic Acid
23.    Extraction of Clove oil using steam distillation
24.    Separation of a mixture of indicators using Chromatography
25.    Experiments to illustrate Le Chatelirer’s Principle
26.    Determination of Chlorine concentration in Swimming pool water colorimetrically
27.    Estimation of total hardness of water
28.    Estimation of dissolved O2 in water
29.    Determination of dissolved and suspended solid in water


Please note: Classes do not take place during Halloween Mid-Term break and Christmas holidays.

SubjectStart DateEnd DateWeeks
Biology – Thursdays, 5.30pm-7.30pm10 Nov 20169 Feb 201712
Chemistry – Saturdays, 12.30pm-2.30pm12 Nov 201611 Feb 201712


The fee for the Science Practicals is as follows:
Biology: €550
Chemistry: €550

Please note:
A discount of 10% will be applied to the practical course fee for those students who enrolled in the associated theory classes.
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

Classes do not take place during Halloween Mid-Term break and Christmas holidays.


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 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.


Booking is not currently available for this course. For further information on grinds and part-time courses please contact our main office on 01 661 3511.