Students working away in the science lab

Students working away in the science lab

Introduction to Biology

Biology is the study of life. Through the study of biology students employ the processes of science in their investigations and explore the diversity of life and the inter-relationship between organisms and their environment. Students develop an understanding and knowledge of the unit of life – the cell – whose structures and processes are shared by all living organisms and, in so doing, gain an insight into the uniqueness, function and role of organisms, including themselves. In addition, they become aware of the use by humans of other living organisms and their products to enhance human health and the human environment and make informed evaluations about contemporary biological issues
It is intended that this syllabus will prove relevant to the lives of students and inspire in them an interest in and excitement about biology. It should enable them as future citizens to discuss and make judgements on issues in biology and science that impact on their daily lives and on society. It should provide them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue further education, training and employment in biology-related fields and thereby respond to the needs of the economy and contribute to sustained economic development.



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Useful Tips

• Past exam papers – Once you have studied a topic or chapter do all past exam questions related to the topic or chapter from the Leaving Certificate exam papers.
• Get a Biology Revision Copy and write out the main points in bullet form from each chapter you are studying starting.
• Write in bullet points all definitions into the revision copy and learn off exactly as it is in the book/notes.
• Do all questions at the end of chapter in the revision copy.
• Useful website for extra notes on Leaving Certificate Biology is
• Students must write out and learn the methods, result and conclusion to each experiment (There is 22 in total on the Leaving Certificate course).
• A student taking Biology for their leaving certificate should study Biology for at least 1 hour 5 days a week in 5th year and 1.5 hours 5 days a per week in 6th year.

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