Leaving Cert 2019 Christmas Intensive Revision


Monday 31 December – Friday 4 January 2019
Christmas Grinds: Leaving Certificate 2019 & 5th Year Students

Book your place by Monday 3 December 2018 and get 2 classes for the price of 1. Each additional class is only €100.

For almost 50 years, The Institute of Education has been preparing students for their Leaving Certificate and helping them to improve their exam grades. These classes, taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, are designed for students sitting the Leaving Certificate in June 2019. Classes are also available in a variety of subjects for 5th year students.

Students can then avail of free supervised study before and after their grinds, creating an ideal daily revision routine.

Students may attend up to 6 classes per day and classes are 1.25 hours in duration.


Leaving Cert 2020 (5th Year)
Biology (H) 5th Year

This course is designed for 5th year students studying higher level Biology. It will address key topics that make a regular appearance on the exam and the course will be delivered through the use of extensive and detailed notes on each topic which have been written to address exam paper questions.

The lessons will be exam centred and pay particular attention to past State Examination and mock exam paper questions. This course will be delivered by an experienced written examiner of Leaving Cert Higher Level Biology who will place strong emphasis on exam technique/keywords and make reference to marking schemes and chief examiner’s reports for past examinations. Worksheets will also be given to help students gain an understanding of experiments associated with the higher level Biology course.

Topics from:
– Scientific method
– Cell structure
– Cell diversity
– Food
– Enzymes + advanced enzymes
– Movement of molecules
– Energy carriers
– The breathing system
– Human nutrition (digestive system)
– Blood + circulatory system including heart
– Lymphatic system
– Monera
– Fungi
– Viruses
– Plant structure and transport

English (H) 5th Year
This course provides a detailed analysis of all aspects of the prescribed material for English in the Leaving Certificate 2020, with the emphasis very much on providing the student with a solid foundation for further progress in 6th year.

Topics from:
– Elements of Composing Paper I – Story, Debate, Reflection
– Critical Literacy Paper I – Comprehension & Analysis
– Prescribed Poetry
– Unseen Poetry: Key Skills
– The Single Text: Themes and Characters in Hamlet
– The Comparative Study: Essential Features of the Three Modes

French (H) 5th Year
Topics from:
– Grammar: 6 core tenses will be covered, focusing on their formation and use.
– Reading comprehension: key aspects of reading comprehension will be covered. Exam technique will also be focused on.
– Listening comprehension: key aspects of exam technique and vocabulary pertinent to listening comprehension will be covered.
– Written production: all areas of the written exam will be covered, including diary entries, informal and formal letters and abstract topics.
– Oral production: key exam technique and strategies for success in the oral exam will be covered.
Irish (H) 5th Year
Content will be added shortly.

Maths (H) 5th Year
A selection of topics from:
– Algebra 1
– Algebra 2
– Powers and Logs
– Co-ordinate geometry of the line
– Trigonometry

Leaving Cert 2019 (6th Year)
Accounting (H)

This course will cover the most important areas on the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Accounting syllabus. It includes a comprehensive set of notes with questions and detailed solutions and will empower students to answer Leaving Cert higher level questions to an A1 standard.

Topics from:
– Final Accounts: The main adjustments will be covered
– Ratio Analysis: Students will be able to determine if a company is financially sound or not
– Costing/Budgeting: Students will be able to calculate the prices of goods for tendering purposes
– Club/Service Accounts: Students will have the ability to complete the accounts of non-trading organisations, doctors, fitness centres etc
– Cashflow Statements: Students will be shown the main differences between cash and profit
– Correction of Errors/Tabular Statements and Incomplete Records
– Control/Revaluation/Depreciation and Farm Accounts

Agricultural Science (H)
Topics from:
– Covering Soil Science Principles
– Genetics – including practice of Genetic Crosses and definitions
– The three main Animal Enterprises: dairying, beef production and sheep production
– Grass including grassland management, silage and hay production.
– Farm crops with emphasis on barley and potatoes
Biology (H)
Course A – Topics from:
– Photosynthesis
– Respiration
– Blood/Immunity
– Food/Nutrition
– Plant material
– Cell division/tissues
– Osmosis
– Cell organelles

Course B – Topics from:
– DNA/Protein synthesis
– Genetics
– Hormones/reproduction
– Ecology
– Bacteria/fungi/viruses
– Excretion
– Nervous system
– Practicals

Business (H)
Course A – Topics from:
– Preparation for A.B.Q
– Ratios and Cash Flow
– Human Resource Management
– Changing Role of Management
– People in Business
– Household and Business Finance/Insurance Taxation
– Industrial Relations
– Management Skills and Activities
– Consumer Conflict

Course B – Topics from:
– Detailed Preparation for Short Questions
– Identifying Opportunities
– Marketing
– Getting Started
– Expansion
– Business Scene
– Business Structures
– Community Development
– Government and the Economy
– Social and Ethical Responsibility of Business
– European Union

Chemistry (H)

Due to syllabus length, Chemistry is divided into two separate sections, Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A:
Course A focuses on the stoichiometry skills based component of the chemistry course. It provides the mathematical skills (moles etc.) needed to solve the stoichiometry questions that may appear on the exam paper. The acquisition of these stoichiometry concepts also provides the mathematic skills needed to solve problems in topics such as heats of reaction, equilibrium, pH, and other maths based problems in most other topics.

Topics from:
– Stoichiometry
– Heats of Reaction
– Equilibrium
– pH
– Acids / Bases / Salts

(Bring periodic table and calculator.)

Section B:
Course B covers some of the main mandatory experiments examined in the compulsory Section A of the exam paper. The experiments covered are those from the Volumetric analysis (Titrations), Organic Chemistry, and Water topics.
Course B – Topics from:
– Volumetric Analysis
– Organic Chemistry
– Oxidation/Reduction
– Water

(Bring periodic table and calculator.)

Economics (H)
Courses A & B will cover all the main sections of the Leaving Cert Economics course and will include notes with answers to many Leaving Cert higher level questions. This will allow students to gain an in-depth knowledge of the important sections on the Economics syllabus and prepare them for answering Leaving Cert higher level questions to the highest standard.

Course A- Micro-Economics:
– Demand and Supply – Students will have a thorough understanding of the forces that determine market prices and so on.
– Elasticity – Students will have full knowledge of how changes in price, income and the prices of other goods will impact on demand and supply.
– 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.
– Competition – Students will study all the forms of competition from perfect competition to monopoly and any form in between.
– Factors of Production – Land, Labour, Capital and Enterprise will be studied with special emphasis on Labour.

Course B- Macro-Economics:
– National Income – The calculation of national income, the circular flow of income, the multiplier and the uses and weaknesses of national income statistics.
– The Government – The budget, the national debt, the taxation system, privatisation versus nationalisation, direct tax versus indirect tax and so on.
– 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.
– Money and Banking – Credit creation, consumer price index, banking regulation, the European central bank.
– Miscellaneous Section – Population and emigration, the history of economic thought, economic systems.

English (H)
Topics from:
– Essay Question: Study of effective writing in different essay genres.
– Comprehending: The (A) question: Examining features of writing style and comprehension skills.
– Composing: The (B) question: Study of the skills needed for short composing tasks and the presentation of a point of view.
– Shakespearean drama: Macbeth: Key essays on themes and characters together with important quotations.
– Poetry: Notes on the 8 poets with a minimum of 5 poems on each poet. Sample answers on each.
– Comparative Study: A wide selection of Comparative texts with analysis of the 3 modes of comparison together with sample answers.

Time management in the different sections of the examination papers will also be covered. Students are free to discuss any difficulties or problems encountered in English with the teacher.

French (H)
Topics from:
– To familiarise students with the exam paper technique and time management
– Key questions for the listening comprehension tests and how to answer them.i.e. recognising grammatical elements etc.
– Opinion piece writing
– Diary writing
– E-mail writing
– Revision of key tenses, present of the indicative past tenses and future, conditional.
– Notes for the ‘’ aural’’

French Oral (H)
This course is intended to build student confidence and conversational technique, ensuring a more relaxed and confident performance in the Leaving Cert French oral examination.

Topics from:
– Family, Area, School, Hobbies, Weekend, Holidays, and many more
– Vocabulary on current affairs topics
– The document
– Grammar

Geography (H)
Course A (Patterns & Processes in the physical environment) – Topics from:
– Plate Tectonics.
– Volcanoes.
– Earthquakes.
– Rock types & Human interaction with the Rock Cycle.
– Karst landscapes.
– Formation of a landscape feature.
– Human Interaction with physical processes.

Course B (Regional Geography) – Topics from:
– Core Ireland.
– Peripheral Ireland.
– Core European Region.
– Peripheral European Region.
– Complexity of Regions.

Course C (Elective Unit: Patterns & Processes in the Human Environment) – Topics from:
– Population change.
– Demographic Transition Model.
– Population Pyramids.
– Overpopulation.
– Maps & Aerial photographs.
– Migration.
– Racial, ethnic and religious issues.
– Central Place Theory.
– Changing functions and services overtime.
– 3 Theories of Urban Land use.
– Urbanisation.
– Geoecology.

German (H)
Classes in this course are exam focused and students are encouraged to gain confidence in their language skills.

Topics from:
– Extensive reading comprehension practice introducing students to both journalistic/literary styles of texts, with in-depth concentration on answering skills/techniques
– Aural comprehension practice with major emphasis on listening skills required for LC Aural
– Students will cover how to structure German sentences with special emphasis on written tasks for LC
– Written themes/in-depth written technique covered
– How to get the grade in the exam
– Major Grammar areas covered-cases/tenses/word order/relative pronouns/passive/subjunctive
– Vocabulary building for written

German Oral (H/O)
This course is intended to build student confidence and conversational technique, ensuring a more relaxed and confident performance in the Leaving Cert German oral examination.

Topics from:
– All general questions will be covered in detail.
– Key grammatical elements will be covered.
– All picture sequences.
– All role-plays.
– Option to discuss a German film or novel.
– Project work with (individual attention) during and after course.

History (H)
The course is designed to help student prioritise the work that needs to be done in preparation for the exam in June in an organised and structured way.

Section A:
Europe and the wider world:
Topic 3:Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe,1920-1945
Topic 6: The United States and the World, 1945-1989.

Section B:
Irish History:
Topic 2 – Sovereignty and Partition , 1912-1949
Topic 6 Government , economy and society in the Republic of Ireland,1949-1989 (Document Study for Leaving Cert. 2019)

Please note: Northern Ireland will not covered in class, but notes will be provided.

History of Art (H)
There are three sections: Leaving Cert Higher Level Art History & Appreciation selected topics from each section

Section I – Irish Art
1.Pre Christian Ireland : a) Neolithic b) Bronze Age c) Iron Age
2.Christian Ireland – a) Metalwork b) Manuscripts c) Stone carving

Section II – European Art
1.Pre Renaissance – a) Cimabue b) Giotto
2.Early Renaissance – a) Maraccio b) Uccello c) Donatello
3.Renaissance post 1450 – a) Piero della Francesca b) Botticelli
4.High Renaissance a) Leonardo b) Michelangelo c) Raphael

Section III – Appreciation of Art & Design
1.Exhibition curation , display & interpretation
2.Public sculpture
3.Graphic Design

Home Economics (H) (Scientific and Social)
The Home Economics course covers the theory section using very precise notes. Past exam questions linked to the area being studied are explored and analysed, providing a valuable insight into how the marking scheme is applied.

Topics from:
– Macro-nutrients: protein, lipids, carbohydrates.
– Micro-nutrients: minerals, vitamins and water.
– Diet and health: energy, dietary guidelines, the Irish diet, menu planning.
– Food groups: protein foods and energy foods e.g. meat, fish, cheese, milk, cereals and fat.
– Microbiology, food preservation.

Irish (H)
The main aim of this course is to maximise the student’s ability to attain the highest possible grade in the Leaving Certificate exam.

Comprehensive guidelines, questions and answers are covered in all sections, with specific emphasis on how marks are allocated.

All grammatical areas required for an ‘A’ grade in the language sections will be covered, with full and comprehensive notes.

In relation to the ’literature’ sections of the examination, extensive and in-depth notes are supplied and explained throughout the course.

Topics from:
– Ceapadóireacht.
– Léamhthuiscint.
– Gramadach.
– Filiocht.
– Prós.
– Cluastuiscint.
– An Triail.
– Filiocht: Ceist 4F.

Irish Oral (H/O)
All areas of the Scrúdú Béil are covered on this course, with comprehensive “questions and answers” on all four sections of the exam.

Topics from:
– Fáiltiu.
– Aithris Filíochta.
– Sraith Pictiúir.
– Comhrá.

Applied Maths
This course aims to build on students’ knowledge of each of the five topics covered. Each day will focus on the approaches used to solve each question in the marking schemes. Emphasis will also be put on exam strategies, such as the format in which to leave your answers.

Topics from:
– Accelerated Linear Motion.
– Relative Velocity.
– Projectiles.
– Newton’s Laws and Connected Particles.
– Collisions.

Maths (H)
The higher level Maths Courses 1 & 2 cover all the essential methods, formulae and procedures required for success in the higher level Maths Papers 1 & 2 in the Leaving Certificate. 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 and fully worked solutions, with a huge number of examples, are provided.

Maths (H) Paper 1: Topics from:
– Algebra 1
– Algebra 2
– Complex Numbers
-Differentiation 1
– Differentiation 2

Maths (H) Paper 2: Topics from:
– Trigonometry 1
– Trigonometry 2
– Co-ordinate Geometry
– Probability
– Statistics

Bring maths tables and calculator

Maths (H) Core Topics
Paper 1: Topics from:
– Basic Algebra including in context questions
– Pattern
– Advanced Algebra
– Differential Calculus

Paper 2: Topics from:
– Area and Volume including the Trapezodial rule
– Trigonometry (Triangles and Circles)
– Trigonometry (Graphs)
– Probability
– Coordinate Geometry (Line & Circle)

Bring maths tables and calculator


Maths (H) Fast Pace
This class is designed for students whose ambition is at least a H3 in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level maths exam.

This course covers all the essential methods, formulae and procedures required for success in the higher level Maths Papers 1 & 2 in the Leaving Certificate. 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 and fully worked solutions, with a huge number of examples, are provided.

Maths (H) Paper 1:

Topics from:
– Algebra 1
– Algebra 2
– Complex Numbers
-Differentiation 1
– Differentiation 2

Maths (H) Paper 2:

Topics from:
– Trigonometry 1
– Trigonometry 2
– Co-ordinate Geometry
– Probability
– Statistics

Bring maths tables and calculator

Maths (O)
Maths (O) Paper 1: Topics from:
– Arithmetic and Money
– Algebra
– Sequences and Series
– Complex Numbers
– Calculus (differentiation)

Maths (O) Paper 2: Topics from:
– Coordinate geometry of the line
– Coordinate geometry of the circle
– Trigonometry
– Statistics
– Probability

Bring maths tables and calculator

Physics (H)
A selection of the topics listed below will be examined each day. Emphasis will be placed on how best to prepare study and revise for the Leaving Certificate exam. Detailed solutions to all past paper questions will be provided and some of these will be discussed in class. In addition to deepening students’ understanding of various concepts in physics, the course offers a thorough preparation for next June’s exam.

Course A – Topics from:
– Mechanics 1: Linear Motion, Newton’s laws of Motion and conservation of momentum.
– Mechanics 2: pressure, moments of forces, circular motion, planets and simple harmonic motion.
– Sound and Waves: Doppler Effect, stretched strings and sound intensity.
– Light: reflection, refraction, diffraction and nature of light.
– Heat and temperature: thermometers, specific heat capacity and specific latent heat

Course B – Topics from:
– Electricity 1: charge, Coulomb’s law and capacitance.
– Electricity 2: current, resistance, conductivity and semiconductors.
– Electromagnetism: force on a current carrying conductor in a magnetic field and electromagnetic induction.
– Modern Physics: photoelectric effect, X-rays, radioactivity and nuclear energy.
– Particle Physics: nuclear reactions, mass energy conversions and nuclear particles.

(Bring maths tables, past papers and calculator)

Religious Studies (H)

Course A-

Written Paper – Topics from:
– Search for Meaning & Values
– Christianity
– World Religions
– Moral Decision Making
– Religion & Gender
– Issues of Justice & Peace

Course B


Spanish (H)
Topics from:
– General overview of the exam paper.
– Key grammar points for each part of the exam.
– Reading Comprehension: Strategies and key vocabulary.
– Opinion piece (Topics, mind maps, structure, 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.
– Handout given on Oral Examination.
Spanish Oral (H/O)
Topics from:
– Understanding the oral exam. Discussion of the marking scheme, with particular focus on what is expected of the candidates and the importance of the role-plays.
– Expanding on common topics.
– Sample answers.
– Tips on how to best perform on the day.
– The use of technology in preparation for the exam will also be discussed


Monday 31 December – Friday 4 January 2019

9.00am – 10.15amApplied Maths (H)
Biology (H) A
Business (H) A
Chemistry (H) A
English (H) 5th Year
English (H)
Geography (H) A
History (H) A
Irish (H)
Maths (H) 5th Year
Maths (H) Paper 1- Fast Pace
Maths (H) Paper 1 – Core Topics
Maths (O) Paper 1
10.30am – 11.45pmAgricultural Science (H)
Applied Maths (H)
Art (H)
Biology (H) B
Business (H) A
Chemistry (H) B
English (H) 5th Year
English (H)
French (H)
Geography (H) C
History (H) B
Home Economics (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) Paper 2 – Fast Pace
Maths (H) Paper 2 – Core Topics
Maths (O) Paper 2
Maths (H) 5th Year
12.00pm – 1.15pmAccounting (H)
Biology (H) A
Business (H) A
Business (H) B
Chemistry (H) A
Economics (H) A
English (H)
French (H)
German (H)
Irish (H) 5th Year
Irish (H)
Maths (H) Paper 1
Physics (H) A
Spanish (H)
2.00pm – 3.15pmAccounting (H)
Biology (H) 5th Year
Biology (H) B
Business (H) B
Chemistry (H) B
Economics (H) B
English (H)
French (H)
Geography (H) B
German (H)
Irish (H)
Irish Oral
Maths (H) Paper 2
Physics (H) B
Spanish (H)
3.30pm – 4.45pmBiology (H) A
Chemistry (H) A
Economics (H) A
English (H)
French (H) 5th Year
French (H)
French Oral
German Oral
Geography (H) B
Irish (H)
Maths (H) Paper 2
Physics (H) A
Religion (H) A
Spanish Oral
5.00pm – 6.15pmBiology (H) B
Chemistry (H) B
Economics (H) B
English (H)
French (H)
Geography (H) B
Irish (H)
Maths (H) Paper 1
Physics (H) B
Religion (H) B


Book your place by Monday 3 December 2018 and get 2 classes for the price of 1. Each additional class is only €100.

**Special Offer**Normal Fee
1 Class€295€295
2 Classes€295€475
3 Classes€395€590
4 Classes€495€665
5 Classes€595€740
6 Classes€695€795

Please note:

  • Laser/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


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.

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 Christmas Revision 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.

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