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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.

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.  

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.

Students attending this course receive the following:

  • A weekly 90-minute class
  • Two mock exams
  • Two farm visits
  • All necessary laboratory practicals
  • An intensive, 5-day Easter Revision Course, taking place during the Easter holidays.

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.

About the teacher: Iain Wallace has spent 15 years teaching Agricultural Science. In this time he has built up considerable experience in the subject working as a local facilitator for the Professional Development Service for Teachers and editing study notes for the Irish Farmers Journal weekly study guides. He utilises this experience to enable his students to master the course content, key answering skills and techniques needed in order to maximise grades.

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.

Students attending this course receive the following:

  • A weekly 90-minute class
  • Two mock exams
  • Two farm visits
  • All necessary laboratory practicals
  • An intensive, 5-day Easter Revision Course, taking place during the Easter holidays.

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.  

Accounting as an Extra Subject (5th Year)

More details will be shared on Accounting as an extra subject soon.

Paul Conway About the teacher: Paul Conway is one of the leading Accounting teachers in Ireland and is highly experienced in guiding students to exam success. His unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the marking scheme and syllabus content. He is adept at understanding the avoidable mistakes for which students frequently lose marks and is known for his ability to stimulate students' interest in the subject.

Classical Studies as an Extra Subject

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. Each month there will be a test with mini-tests also planned throughout the year. It will also be advised that students sit the Mock Examinations in March.

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)

Students doing this subject will be taught comprehension, problem-solving and creative thinking skills through the analysis of 2- and 3-dimensional graphics. Students will become comfortable with freehand sketching skills, traditional draughting equipment and CAD.

The following topics will be covered over the course of the academic year:

  • Geologic Geometry
  • Structural Forms
  • Dynamic Mechanisms
  • Applied Graphics
  • Assemblies
  • Surface Geometry

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.

Subject
Level
Day
Time
Location
Religious Education as an Extra Subject
(Higher)
Mondays
5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (6th Year)
(Higher)
Thursdays
7:30pm-9:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (5th Year)
(Higher)
Monday
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Accounting as an Extra Subject (5th Year)
(Higher)
Fridays
4:45pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Classical Studies as an Extra Subject
(Higher)
Tuesdays
5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Design and Communication Graphics (5th Year)
(Higher)
Thursdays
5:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Option 1: Payment in full Fee: €1,295  

Option 2: 3 Instalments

On Booking 6th November 5th February Total
€618 422.65 €422.65 €1,463.35