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The Dublin School of Grinds provides the opportunity for students in 5th and 6th year to do classes as an extra subject outside of school.

These classes are between 75-90 minutes in duration and are held in a class-based environment. The foundation of our extra subjects is ‘exam focus’. Our teachers strip away the unnecessary sections of each subject, and focus solely on the core, examinable material, the aim of which is increasing students’ exam performance.

All students who attend these courses receive comprehensive, exam-focused notes, as well as past State Examination questions and solutions. Our teachers identify probable exam questions and also show students how to master the marking scheme, which instils confidence.

Our extra subjects also include a special one-on-one service to all students, for a period of time before or after every class. This is a specialised, individual service, which we encourage all our students to take advantage of.

Classes will commence the week of Monday 3rd September 2018. If you have any queries, feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.

Accounting as an Extra Subject (5th Year)

Students will receive exam focused notes covering all topics covered in fifth year. Students will begin practicing past Leaving Certificate questions from September each year. The following topics will be covered:

 

  • Suspense Accounts
  • Final Accounts of a Sole Trader
  • Final Accounts of a Company
  • Service Firms
  • Club Accounts
  • Budgeting
  • Interpretation of Accounts

About the teacher: Naomi Keenan’s experience of correcting Leaving Cert Higher Level Accounting with the State Examination Commission gives her an in-depth knowledge of the subject’s syllabus and marking scheme. Confidence is instilled in her students as her students receive constant guidance and encouragement on how to earn top marks in their exams. Naomi shares with her students both successful exam techniques and equally as important, the most frequent and highly avoidable mistakes.

Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (6th Year)

Leaving Cert Agricultural Science, or “Ag Science”, looks at the science and technology of farming. The subject has grown in popularity in recent years as Agriculture has become one of the major growth sectors in our economy, providing many jobs.

Many students are now taking Ag Science up as an extra subject outside of school because:

  • There is excellent overlap for students already studying Biology and/or Geography
  • Continuous assessment of the practical elements of the course accounts for 25% of the overall mark
  • It is recognised as a Laboratory Science subject for almost all 3rd Level courses, including Nursing

The Dublin School of Grinds will provide students with everything they need to maximise their marks in the practical and written aspects of this course, from detailed and comprehensive study notes to dedicated field trips.

Practical Portfolios will be worked on within class time and as part of the course, students will undertake laboratory experiments and two farm visits.

Course Content

The following topics are covered:

  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Production (Cattle, Sheep, Pigs)
  • Classification of Organisms
  • Crop Production
  • Fertilisers, Pollution & the Environment
  • Genetics
  • Grassland
  • Plant Physiology
  • Soil Science

The Exam

75% of the marks go for the written paper examining the topics above.

The other 25% is based on an assessment of your work. Your teacher is required to grade you. An external assessor will then validate your teacher’s grades, usually in May of 6th Year.

This assessment of work can be broken into three parts:

  1. Identification of plant and animal types associated with agriculture (usually a written exam or interview where you must identify 5 plants and their respective families and 10 animals and describe their importance to agriculture.
  2. Practical experience with crops, livestock, house and farmyard layouts. This usually takes the form of a written project.
  3. Investigations and experiments relating to ecology, soil science, animal physiology, plant physiology, genetics and microbiology are carried out. These are normally recorded in a lab copy which is then assessed, sometimes in conjunction with an interview.

Ross O'Connor has over eight years’ experience teaching Agricultural Science. He has also gained widespread international experience working as a Production Manager in both ‘Alltech’, one of the top ten animal nutrition companies in the world, and also the ‘Kerry Group’, a leader in global food ingredients and chilled foods supply.  Ross draws on these experiences, as well as those gained as a part-time farmer, to make classes relevant, up to date and meaningful.  He hosts field trips on his family farm in Co. Wicklow throughout the academic year which contribute to project work requirements.  Ross has also previously written for the Irish Farmers Journal Study Guide.  

Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (5th Year)

Leaving Cert Agricultural Science, or “Ag Science”, looks at the science and technology of farming. The subject has grown in popularity in recent years as Agriculture has become one of the major growth sectors in our economy, providing many jobs.

Many students are now taking Ag Science up as an extra subject outside of school because:

  • There is excellent overlap for students already studying Biology and/or Geography
  • Continuous assessment of the practical elements of the course accounts for 25% of the overall mark
  • It is recognised as a Laboratory Science subject for almost all 3rd Level courses, including Nursing

The Dublin School of Grinds will provide students with everything they need to maximise their marks in the practical and written aspects of this course, from detailed and comprehensive study notes to dedicated field trips.

Practical Portfolios will be worked on within class time and as part of the course, students will undertake laboratory experiments and two farm visits.

Course Content

The following topics are covered:

  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Production (Cattle, Sheep, Pigs)
  • Classification of Organisms
  • Crop Production
  • Fertilisers, Pollution & the Environment
  • Genetics
  • Grassland
  • Plant Physiology
  • Soil Science

The Exam

75% of the marks go for the written paper examining the topics above.

The other 25% is based on an assessment of your work. Your teacher is required to grade you. An external assessor will then validate your teacher’s grades, usually in May of 6th Year.

This assessment of work can be broken into three parts:

  1. Identification of plant and animal types associated with agriculture (usually a written exam or interview where you must identify 5 plants and their respective families and 10 animals and describe their importance to agriculture.
  2. Practical experience with crops, livestock, house and farmyard layouts. This usually takes the form of a written project.
  3. Investigations and experiments relating to ecology, soil science, animal physiology, plant physiology, genetics and microbiology are carried out. These are normally recorded in a lab copy which is then assessed, sometimes in conjunction with an interview.

Ross O'Connor has over eight years’ experience teaching Agricultural Science. He has also gained widespread international experience working as a Production Manager in both ‘Alltech’, one of the top ten animal nutrition companies in the world, and also the ‘Kerry Group’, a leader in global food ingredients and chilled foods supply.  Ross draws on these experiences, as well as those gained as a part-time farmer, to make classes relevant, up to date and meaningful.  He hosts field trips on his family farm in Co. Wicklow throughout the academic year which contribute to project work requirements.  Ross has also previously written for the Irish Farmers Journal Study Guide.  

Classical Studies as an Extra Subject (5th Year)

Throughout the course of the year, students will gain insight into ancient Roman and Greek literature, art, architecture, philosophy and politics with a strong focus being put on key examinable aspects of each topic.

Students will receive detailed notes weekly. They will also be expected to regularly complete essay based on examinable topics. It will also be advised that students sit the Mock Examinations.

In addition, there will be a thorough revision of all course material in the final weeks of the academic year.

Topics:
Alexander The Great
Greek Drama
Roman Art and Architecture / Town Planning
The Epic (The Odyssey and The Aeneid)

 

About the teacher: Gavin Cowzer’s teaching style is focused on covering the syllabus in a concise way, so that students have the tools to successfully manage the likely exam questions. His experience correcting exams gives his students an edge and instils the confidence they need to excel in the exam.

Design and Communication Graphics (5th Year)
Each DCG class will be divided to accommodate both the technical drawing and design aspects of the subject. Every week, topics from the graphics portion of the course will be broken down into easy to follow methods which students will put into practice through exam questions. Students will also be shown the best option questions to choose to maximise their time and marks in the Leaving Cert exam. Darran will lead students through the Student Assignment, outlining what is expected for in a H1 project from initial analysis to final presentation techniques.

About the Teacher: Darran Sheils is the Design and Communication Graphics teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. With almost 20 years of teaching experience, Darran has been teaching DCG since the subject’s inception in 2008. His background in graphics, art and design makes him uniquely qualified to nurture both the technical and the creative aspects of the subject. In recent Leaving Certificate results, one third of Darran’s students achieved an A grade. 3 times the national average. The passion, understanding and attention to detail he instils in his students has led many of them into careers in architecture, engineering and product design.

Religious Education as an Extra Subject
The Religious Education syllabus offers students an opportunity to join the tradition of inquiry and critical thinking that has engaged philosophers and thinkers for millennia. From Aristotle and Aquinas to modern day issues of social justice and the intersection of faith and gender, the Religious Education course develops students into informed thinkers with strong analytical skills.

About the teacher: Morgan Fullam is the Religious Education teacher at the Dublin Academy Of Education. With a Masters Degree in Culture, Religion and Society in Modern Ireland and almost a decade of teaching experience, Morgan has developed an approach to the Religious Education syllabus that is comprehensive and engaging. Focusing on exam preparation, Morgan's teaching style and systematic method leaves students confident and ready to achieve strong results in their Leaving Certificate Exam.  

Subject
Level
Day
Time
Location
Accounting as an Extra Subject (5th Year)
(Higher)
Fridays
4:45pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (6th Year)
(Higher)
Thursdays
5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
7:30pm-9:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (5th Year)
(Higher)
Monday
5:15pm-6:30pm (Fully Booked)
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Classical Studies as an Extra Subject (5th Year)
(Higher)
Design and Communication Graphics (5th Year)
(Higher)
Thursdays
4:45pm - 7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Religious Education as an Extra Subject
(Higher)
Wednesdays
5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Option 1: Payment in full Fee: €1,295  

Option 2: 3 Instalments

On Booking 6th November 5th February Total
€512.17 512.17 €439.01 €1,463.35