Leaving Cert Biology can be studied as a one or two year programme, as a full-time day school student.

Subject Group: Science

Biology is the study of living things. Students will explore the diversity of life, organisms and the environment. Biology is a very popular subject which requires a lot of memory work.

Many courses require at least one science subject so it is vital to keep your options open. Those considering medicine or nursing will find that this subject will be of huge benefit in college.

Leaving Cert Biology Teacher Anne Scully

Anne Scully

Subjects: Biology

Anne Scully is one of Ireland’s best loved and most 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. After just one class with Anne, it becomes obvious how her students gain a love of the subject and achieve such great results.

Anne Scully is the best teacher I have ever had. She makes Biology seem so easy and interesting. She is really helpful and she motivates her class so much. I would recommend her to anyone that needs help in Biology.

Jafar Albujasim, Leaving Cert

Anne Scully is genuinely an amazing teacher who brings Biology to life and makes you look forward to attending her class.

Hiba Hassan, Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert Biology Teacher Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson BSc, HDipED
Subjects: Agricultural Science, Biology & Chemistry

Peter Jackson is a vastly experienced teacher of Biology and Chemistry to Leaving Cert Higher level and this year he is adding Agricultural Science to the list of subjects he is teaching at Ashfield College.  He has been teaching in St Columbus College, Dublin for many years and has taught a multitude of Revision classes over the last 30 years.  Peter is the author of several Leaving Cert text books in both Biology and Chemistry and has extensive experience as an Examiner for the State Exams Commission.

Leaving Cert Biology Subject Content

The Leaving Cert Biology course consists of the study of a variety of aspects of Biology under the following headings:

  • Ecology
  • The Characteristics of life
  • Cell structure
  • Genetics
  • Fungi, amoeba and bacteria
  • Reproduction of humans and the flowering plant
  • Breathing system
  • Human digestion
  • Excretion system
  • Human immune system

Leaving Cert Biology Exam Structure

The Leaving Cert Biology examination at higher and ordinary level is three hours duration. The exam paper is divided into three units;

  • Section A – Six short questions (answer five) 100 marks.
  • Section B – Three questions on practical activities (answer two) 60 marks.
  • Section C – Six long questions (answer four) 240 marks.

To discuss whether Biology would be a good choice for your Leaving Certificate call 01 490 4050 and talk to one of our subject experts.

Data Source: Department of Education and Science and www.education.ie – data correct as of 28/7/2014