Biology

Leaving Certificate Biology

Biology is the science of living things. The course uses practical activity and investigation to develop your skills and knowledge.  Biology has many different areas of study:

What students are likely to achieve by completing the Biology course:
• Students will gain an understanding of themselves and the natural world in which we live.
• Students are provided with the knowledge, skills and understanding to pursue further education, training and employment in biology-related fields
• Students will learn how Biology impacts on their daily lives and on society. e.g. when studying the breathing system a breathing disorder is studied.

Course Content:

The course is divided into three units
Unit 1 The study of life (ecology and food science)
Unit 2 The Cell (Genetics, photosynthesis, respiration and enzymes)
Unit 3 The organism (a study of body systems, plant biology and microbiology)

Practical Activities
In Biology students undertake a range of practical work, laboratory work and fieldwork. Students are required to carry out 22 Mandatory Experiments over the course of 2 years. Students keep a record of the results in an experiment book.

Exam Structure

3 hour written exam in June
Section A (25%) - Short Answer questions – 6 to do 5
Section B (15%) - Experiments – 3 to do 2
Section C (60%) - Long Answer questions – 6 to do 4

Will Biology have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?

Yes, Maths, English, Geography and SPHE are related to the subject Biology

Possible Career Options

I Medicine I Veterinary I Dentistry I Nursing I  Associated careers I
I Agriculture I Applied Biology I Biochemistry I Biotechnology I Botany I Ecology I Earth Science and Environmental Science I Genetics I Marine Science and Aquaculture I Microbiology and Zoology I Psychologist I Astronomer I Teacher I Researcher I



 

You Tube clips:

Dissection of a cows heart                            How the Digestive System works          Extracting DNA from a plant 

                                                                                                                                                        tissue (onion cell)     

Useful Links

 www.biology.slss.ie

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