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Computer Studies

Computer studies is taught to First Year and Transition Year students.

First Year:

Here the basic elements of computing are taught. These include:

  • Basic Elements of a Computer.
  • Basic Word Processing - Creating new files/Saving files/Printing.
  • An Introduction to Microsoft Publisher.
  • An Introduction to Mavis Beacon - Typing Tutor.

Transition Year:

Transition Year students are offered the European Computer Driving Licence.

The ECDL establishes standards for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or a personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies your competence, declares your computer skills, and makes you readily mobile within Irish business and
across the Community

The European Computer Driving Licence builds around a special user-friendly skills card. This card records the skills you demonstrate in each of seven computer-related modules. As you pass each module successfully, the corresponding skill is noted in your card. The final achievement of a full card leads to the award of your licence.

The modules are:

  • Basic Concepts of Information Technology (Module1ExamChecklist)
  • Using a Computer & Managing Files
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases/Filing Systems
  • Presentations & Drawings
  • Information Network Services

Source: is a free social networking site where you can send your messages to your friends, update personal profiles, notify friends about recent activities, and express your thoughts in a multitude of ways. While many people enjoy and use Facebook responsibly, the website and its company have been the subject of many controversies over the past few years. As students, we want you to be intentional and safe about the ways you use Facebook.

Click here for a guide to Facebook

School's Internet Policy: Internet Permission Letter: Parental Permission Form: Parental Guidelines On Internet Use: Student Guidelines On Internet Use: An Evaluating Multimedia Form


The new revised Leaving Certificate Chemistry syllabus has been introduced since 2000. The syllabus consists of core subjects (70%) and options which incorporate the social and applied aspects of life (30%) where all material is examinable. Students of both higher and ordinary level will choose from two options, Option 1 and Option 2.

The Ordinary level syllabus gives an overview of chemistry and the applications to everyday life while the higher level syllabus a deeper treatment is needed.

Some Core titles which students will study will include:
Periodic table, Chemical bonding, Stoichiometry, Volumetric analysis, Fuels and heats of reactions, Organic chemistry, Chemical equilibrium and Environmental chemistry of water.

The options include:
Option 1: additional industrial chemistry and atmospheric
Option 2: Materials and additional electrochemistry.

Ordinary level students will study one option from 1A, 1B, 2A or 2B. Higher level students must study in their entirety, either Option 1 or Option 2.

The syllabus also has a deep emphasis on practical work with 28 mandatory experiments for higher level and 21 for ordinary level students.

Textbooks in use throughout the course include Understanding Chemistry by Jim Mc Carthy and Terence White and also Chemistry Live by Declan Kennedy.


Business is a Business Studies option within the established Leaving Certificate programme. It is concerned with the understanding of the environment in which business operates in Ireland and in the wider world. It involves equipping the students with a positive view of enterprise and its applications in the business environment in both public and private sectors.

The syllabus is broken down into the following sections :

  1. People and Conflict in Business (Introduction to People in Business).
  2. Business Enterprise and Management (Enterprise, Management Skills and Activities, Managing and Monitoring, and Business in Action).
  3. The Business Environment (Domestic Environment, and International Environment).

For ncca factsheet on Business click on the following link

Relevant Links:

Suitable for

Site Description

Web Address


Competition authority site


5th yr Business

Article on Mars Confectionary 2007


5th yr Business

Business topics


5th Yr Business

Type in Business Studies for Category-Stakeholders


5th Yr Business

The Times

Business Casestudies & Quizes


Junior / Senior

Up to date Business News


Junior/ Senior

Dictionary of Business Terms



Market research



Budgeting your money



Business chapters



Wall Street Journal



European Union



The Economist



BBC World Service



Government Agencies



Associations & Groups

Educational - General

Educational - Games

Business Studies

Business Studies is that part of the curriculum which enables the student to make informed decisions in the everyday business of living. Business Studies contributes to the student's understanding of the world of business, encourages a positive attitude to enterprise and develops appropriate skills in that field. The syllabus is divided into the following main topics:
  1. The Business of Living (Budgeting, Consumer Education, and Finance).
  2. Economic and Business Background (Economics, The Business Unit, Services to Business, and Work).
  3. Enterprise (Marketing transport, Double Entry Book-Keeping).
  4. Information Technology (Using Computers).

For link to Business Studies fact sheet go to the following link:
Relevant Links:

Suitable for

Site Description

Web Address

3rd yr Business

Business Games



Business Sites



1st yr

Foreign Currency convertor


Junior / Senior

Up to date Business News


Junior/ Senior

Dictionary of Business Terms






Theory chapters++++++


1st yr

The Consumer



Introduction to Business





Market research



Producting a radio advertisement






Educational - General

Educational - Games



Biology is one of the core elements of Science. Biology literally means 'the study of life'. It is the study of organisms, from the smallest viruses through to human beings.

The main topics include:
Animal Physiology: Study of animals and understanding of major body functions. This includes developing a fundamental understanding of how bodies as a whole, as well as tissues and cells, work. These discoveries can lead to information about human health and medical needs.
Biochemistry: Study of the relationship of chemistry and biology. This field includes enzymes, DNA, RNA, molecular biology and gene cloning.
Cell Biology: Study of cell structure, function, and metabolism. Includes the study of cell organelles and cell division.
Microbiology: Study of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. Includes the study of microorganism nature, growth, role in disease, and use in bioengineering.
Plant Biology: Study of plants, botany and biotechnology. Includes identification, classification, life cycles, photosynthesis and tissue types.

Textbook: Leaving Certificate Biology (Revised Edition) by Michael O'Callaghan.

The following books are available from our library:

  • The Irish Wildlife Book.
  • School Projects in Coastal Ecology.
  • Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin.
  • The Private Life of Plants by David Attenborough.
  • Life Study - A Textbook of Biology by D.G. Mackean.
  • Life on Earth by David Attenborough.

Useful Websites
An Online Biology Book

Anatomy Online

The Kidney

A Glossary of Genetic Terms

BBC Online Educational Services

Scoilnet - Related Links for Biology (Senior Cycle) and curriculum information

Information fact sheets on wildlife and information on the radio programme

Details of human genome research

Video microscopy of living cells, bacteria and 3D biology animation

Nutrition information and experiments

An illustrated guide to the body's major systems


Click the "Know It All" link to download a biology resource collection of powerpoints collected by The Biology Second Level Support Service.




                          Downloadable Material

 Factors affecting  Organisms

 Ecology Introduction  

 Fieldwork Portfolio 

 Ecology Fieldwork  Portfolio 


 Ecology Calculations

Seashore Posters

 Ecology Definitions