Leaving Cert Biology is the most popular of all Leaving Certificate science subjects and many students pick this as their one science subject.
The leaving cert Biology course is really diverse and covers everything from Cell Biology to to the Human Body to Ecology and Plants. There is a lot of learning to be done in this subject and with all the new terms it can sometimes seem like you are learning a new language! Makes use you know your definitions when studying Biology. They can often make up 25% of the questions on the exam. There are only 22 experiments to be learned and these often make up over 20% of the marks. For each experiment be able to draw a diagram of the set up and know all of the steps and the reasons for taking these steps. Many students decide to leave out whole sections of the course such as Plants or Ecology. Be careful doing this as you will will have to answer at least a few questions in the short questions and it's a risky strategy if difficult questions come up in your chosen topics.
Bacteria,Viruses,Fungi & Yeast
Blood & Circulatory System
Cell Metabolism & Enzymes
Ecology & Ecosystems
Eye/Ear & Nervous System
Food & Food Tests
Genetics, DNA & Evolution
Plant Reproduction & Transport
Plant Responses & Seed Growth
An exam paper at higher and ordinary level. You are required to keep a record of your practical work (experiments) over the two years of the course and there will be experiment questions on the written paper.
Future Careers with Leaving Certificate Biology
Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy
Download the leaving cert biology syllabus
Download the leaving cert Biology Chief examiner's report (2013)
Download the leaving cert Biology Guidelines for Teachers