The Dublin Academy of Education provides the opportunity for students in 5th and 6th year to do classes as an extra subject outside of school.

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 2nd September 2019. If you have any queries, feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.

Holidays:
Classes commence on Monday 2nd September 2019. Please note, classes and supervised study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Monday 28th October- classes resume Monday 4th November 2019
Monday 17th February – classes resume Monday 24th February 2020

Christmas Holidays:
Monday 16th December 2019 – classes resume on Monday 13th January 2020

Easter Holidays:
Monday 6th April- Monday 20th April 2020

Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Sunday 17th May 2020

SUBJECTDAYTIMELOCATION
5th Year Accounting as an Extra SubjectThursdays4:30pm - 7:00pmStillorgan
5th Year Agricultural Science as an Extra SubjectThursdays5:15pm - 6:30pmStillorgan
5th Year Design and Communication GraphicsThursdays4:45pm - 7:45pmStillorgan
ACCOUNTING AS AN EXTRA SUBJECT (Leaving Cert 2021)

This is the first part of a two-year course. Students will receive exam focused notes covering all topics covered in fifth year. Students will begin practicing past Leaving Certificate questions from September each year. The following topics will be covered:

Suspense Accounts
Final Accounts of a Sole Trader
Final Accounts of a Company
Service Firms
Club Accounts
Budgeting
Interpretation of Accounts

About the teacher: Naomi Keenan’s experience of correcting Leaving Cert Higher Level Accounting with the State Examination Commission gives her an in-depth knowledge of the subject’s syllabus and marking scheme. Confidence is instilled in her students as her students receive constant guidance and encouragement on how to earn top marks in their exams. Naomi shares with her students both successful exam techniques and equally as important, the most frequent and highly avoidable mistakes.

AG SCIENCE AS AN EXTRA SUBJECT (Leaving Cert 2021)

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 Academy of Education 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.


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.

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.

AG SCIENCE AS AN EXTRA SUBJECT (Leaving Cert 2020)

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 Academy of Education 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.

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 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.

Design and Communication Graphics (Leaving Cert 2021)

Each Design and Communication Graphics class will be divided to accommodate both the technical drawing and design aspects of the subject. Every week, topics from the graphics portion of the course will be broken down into easy to follow methods which students will put into practice through exam questions. Students will also be shown the best option questions to choose to maximise their time and marks in the Leaving Cert exam. Darran will lead students through the Student Assignment, outlining what is expected for in a H1 project from initial analysis to final presentation techniques.

About the Teacher: Darran Sheils is the Design and Communication Graphics teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. 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.

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5th Year Extra Subjects Fee: €1025.00