Study Leaving Certificate Biology at Ashfield College

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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.

Students must have studied Science at Junior Certificate level in order to pursue Biology at Leaving Certificate level.

Teacher Profile

Anne Scully BSc, MSc and PGCE

Subjects: Biology & Home Economics

With 22 year teaching experience, Anne Scully is one of Ireland’s best loved and experienced Biology teachers. Her passion for her subject and ability to engage her students is second-to-none.  Year on year, Anne’s students achieve remarkable results in the Leaving Certificate exams.  Anne’s approach to teaching is practical, logical and fun.

Syllabus Structure

Leaving Certificate Biology Syllabus

The syllabus is composed of science for the enquiring mind or pure science, which constitutes approximately 70% of the syllabus, and the
technological, political, social and economic aspects of biology, which constitutes the remaining 30%.

The syllabus consists of three units:
Unit One: Biology – The Study of Life
Unit Two: The Cell
Unit Three: The Organism

Practical Activities.

In the course of their studies, students should undertake a range of practical work, laboratory work and fieldwork. Students should carry out these
activities over the duration of the course. A record of this work should be retained.