5th Year Extra Subjects
The Dublin Academy of Education provides the opportunity for Leaving Cert students to do classes as an extra subject outside of school. These subjects are taught over two years, so students must sign up from 5th Year in order to cover the course.
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.
If you have any queries, feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.
Leaving Cert Accounting topics covered in 5th Year:
- Control accounts
- Incomplete Records
- Club Accounts
- Service Firms
- Product costing
Students will also begin practising past Leaving Certificate questions and continue to do so over the duration of the course.
Leaving Cert Agricultural 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.
Meet your Agricultural Science Teacher – Megan Mulvihill: Megan Mulvihill holds a first class honours Degree and Professional Masters in Education.
Megan achieved an Academic Excellence award in the area of Science while in college and she now wants to pass her passion and experience to her students.
She instils confidence in her students by providing a clear understanding of exam content and structure while immersed in an interesting, thought provoking environment.
Her knowledge in the areas of Science and her use of up to date methodologies, will help equip students for the Leaving Certificate exams in order to support each individual obtain their best possible result.
Meet your Art Teacher – Andrew Rice: Andrew is a graduate from the National College of Art and Design and holds an honours degree in Art Education, specialising in Fine Art painting. He has achieved success as an artist and portrait painter, with commissioned works gracing the walls of public buildings in Dublin, London, New York and Tokyo, as well as painting self-portraits for renowned public figures, and illustrating children’s books. He has an extensive, in-depth knowledge of the Leaving Certificate course content and his work as an artist and illustrator has given him a unique perspective to impart upon students in his tutelage. Andrew’s students consistently achieve H1 grades at Leaving Certificate level – more than three times the national average in the subject. Inevitably, he has acquired a reputation for an aptitude in guiding the students to achieve their full potential in the subject. Acknowledging and nurturing students’ individual abilities, he encourages budding artists to apply their strengths to the marking scheme in order to maximise their grades.
- Python programming including recursive functions
- Sorting algorithms
- Data and databases
- Binary and hexadecimal arithmetic and conversions
- Logic gates and boolean logic
- Big O notation (algorithmic complexity)
- Computers and society
- Software design process
- Exam paper/sample paper revision
- Revision Notes
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.
Meet your Teacher – Darran Sheils: 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.
5th Year Music sets the foundation of skills needed for all three components of the Leaving Cert exam.
- Composing: Major Harmony/Major Melody
- Listening: Aural Skills/Irish Music/2 Set Works
- Practical: Unprepared test/planning programme
Meet your teacher – Lorraine Lee: With over 12 years post-primary teaching experience, Lorraine brings a passion for music education to her role here at Dublin Academy of Education. With a Master’s Degree in Music Performance, experience in preparing students for exams in the Royal Irish Academy of Music along with being a practical examiner for the State Exams Commission, Lorraine is well equipped in preparing students for the exam.
The Religious Education syllabus offers students an opportunity to join the tradition of inquiry and critical thinking that has engaged philosophers and thinkers for millennia. From Aristotle and Aquinas to modern day issues of social justice and the intersection of faith and gender, the Religious Education course develops students into informed thinkers with strong analytical skills.
Meet your teacher – John Kilroy: John has 25 years experience of teaching and management in secondary schools. He has been assistant examiner for the Leaving Certificate in both History and Classical studies, which gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He is also the publisher author of the Leaving Cert exam strategy articles in education supplements in the national express.