The biology examination is marked out 400 marks. It consists of three sections: A, B and C.
Section A, contains six sections, five of which should be answered. The questions are allocated 20 marks each. This means that section A is worth 100 marks or 25% of the total.
Section B, contains three questions, two of which should be answered. The questions are allocated 30 marks each. This means that section B is worth 60 marks or 15% of the total.
Section C, contains six questions, four of which should be answered. The questions are allocated 60 marks each. This means that section C is worth 240 marks or 60% of the total.
The following topics are taught in our school for the Leaving Cert examinations.
Ordinary and higher level are both catered.
Unit 1 The study of life
The scientific method, the characteristics of life, Food, Ecology, Higher level ecology, Study of an Ecosystem
Unit 2 The Cell
Cell structure, Cell diversity, Enzymes, Higher level enzymes and energy carriers, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Diffusion and Osmosis, Cell division, DNA and RNA, Genetic crosses and heredity, Variation and evolution, Genetic engineering
Unit 3 The Organism
The five kingdom of life, Monera (Bacteria), Fungi, Protista (Amoeba), Structure of flowering plants, Transport-storage and gas exchange in flowering plants, Blood, The heart and blood vessels, The lymphatic system, Human nutrition, Homeostasis, Human breathing, Excretion, Plant responses, The nervous system, The senses, The endocrine system, The skeleton and muscles, The human defence system, Viruses, Sexual reproduction in flowering plants, Vegetative propagation, Human reproduction