Let's talk Biology, the study of life itself! Biology is so much more than the study of human anatomy, Biology is every living thing!
"Biology is the most powerful technology ever created. DNA is software, protein are hardware, cells are factories."
When it comes to studying Biology, there are so many paths to choose from, human, animal, marine, environmental, biotechnology, microbiology and that's just the tip of the iceberg! If you dream of pursuing a career in the ever-growing field that is Biology, we should start with your Leaving Cert.
Biology Exams important Leaving Cert advice
Although it is without a doubt, important to do your best across all the subjects you have chosen to sit for your Leaving Cert exams, it is important that you keep in mind, certain courses, have specific requirements.
For example, some college courses require a good grade in maths while others may need to see you are well experienced in certain languages. Naturally, if you are applying for a Biology course, the grades you get in Biology are important.
How do you make sure you achieve your best grade in Biology?
That old saying "practice makes perfect" is true when it comes to most things, but especially when it comes to exams. Meaning whether it is by yourself, in a study group or some one-to-one tuition, the more you revise, the more knowledge you will obtain. It's also important to take regular breaks, keep hydrated and know when you need help. Leaving Cert can feel like a lot of pressure, especially when it comes to achieving the points to get into your desired course and college. If you are feeling overwhelmed or just need to vent, resources such as Spun Out are there to support you via call or text, it is an anonymous safe space to deal with everyday struggles.
Where to find Biology grinds in Cork
Although Dublin is the most densely populated county in the Republic of Ireland, it is actually Cork, which is the largest county by size with a land area of over 7,500km squared.
The sheer size of County Cork alone means it can be rather spread out, even though there is a large city and many towns and villages some people often live far out in the countryside, meaning they have to travel quite a distance to the nearest town or village. This can make it difficult to get transport and make it in and out of a town more than once in the same day.
This is why were are going to take a look at online tuition first.
If you choose to look for online grinds to help you better prepare for your exams, Superprof has a vast selection of tutors, many of which can provide you with the help you need to revise and prepare for your Biology exams. The site is easily navigated, you can use the search tool to find the right tutor for you. Taking grinds with Superprof is affordable and convenient, you can choose times that suit you and you can take as many or as few revision/preparation classes as you need.
This flexibility is what makes Superprof a great choice for people who may not need grinds through the whole year or cannot afford to attend crash courses.
Of course, online tuition is not the only option, Cork has a number of locations which you can attend long-term for help preparing for your Leaving Cert.
Below is a list of some of those places:
- Bruce College Cork (short and long-term revision courses)
- Bruce College offers grinds throughout the year, across all levels for both Junior Cert and Leaving Cert. They also offer Christmas Revision courses, these short-term courses can be an excellent help to students before sitting the mock exams.
- Clonakilty Tuition
- Clonakilty Tuition is a relatively new service which been set up in cork. They provide grinds across a wide variety of classes including Biology. Once you choose your subject you will be met with information such as, what your classes will focus on and a timetable with the venue, teachers name and a contact number.
- Hewitt College (full-year revision programme)
- Hewitt College grinds programme runs through the entire academic year from September to May for Junior Cert and Leaving Cert. However, the college does not accept external students after the closing date/during the academic year, making their accessibility slightly less flexible than other places.
Once you have completed your Leaving Cert, you can start your journey of pursuing your passion for Biology. There are so many options across the island of Ireland, both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland that have specialised Biology courses.
Below is a list of counties in which the Universities/Colleges have very popular Biology courses in Ireland:
Each of the locations mentioned, have excellent colleges/universities that teach different areas of Biology. But for this article, we are going to focus on the best Colleges, Universities and Further Education Institute's in which to pursue Biology in Cork.
What Further Education Institutes teach Biology in Cork?
Before we dive into exploring the options for studying Biology in Further and Higher Education in Cork, there's one small piece of advice I wish to share.
You need to choose a course and college based on your personal aspirations and passion, you should not just go to a college because your friends are, you need to be inspired and intrigued by your classes, following your dreams is not a selfish action, it is a brave one. Now more than ever you can keep in touch with people no matter where you are, the only factors to consider when it comes to your education is what works for you.
No matter where you choose to go whether it is straight to College/University or you take the more scenic route via Further Education, you will make new friends and have new experiences.
We are about to look at Further Education options for Studying Biology in Cork. It's worth noting that Further Education tends to be available in multiple formats, below are the most common:
- Attendance only
- Blended (part online, part on-campus)
- Completely online
These options make QQI level 5 and 6 more accessible to everyone, no matter where you live, you can still learn. The main Further Education colleges with Biology courses in Cork are listed below:
- Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
- Mallow College of Further Education
- St. John's Central College
There are several levels 5 and 6 courses relating to the study of Biology at the aforementioned colleges, ranging in speciality from Animal Care to Health and Nutrition. Further Education is a great option if you feel too young for full-time college, wish to try a subject for a short period of time before committing to several years, or if you wish to upskill at different stages in your career.
What colleges/universities have Biology courses in Cork?
Both Munster Technological University (MTU) and University College Cork (UCC) have a wide array of Biology courses available to study.
Here are the courses offered at MTU with Biology at their core:
- Agri-Biosciences BSc (Honours)
- Biological Sciences (Honours)
- Biomedical Engineering (BEng Honours)
- Biomedical Science (BSc Honours)
- Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (BSc Honours)
At UCC you can learn about some fascinating topics such as:
- Genetics and Evolution
- Habitats and Ecosystems
- Cell Biology
- The Biological Basis of Disease
- Microbiology in Society
Both University College Cork and Munster Technological University are ranked in the top 2% of colleges worldwide, This means that a qualification from either of these places is internationally recognised.
Reasons to go to college in Cork
Aside from the fact that both of Cork’s Universities, rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide. It has been noted that upon completion of a University course in Cork, students have an employment rate of well over 90%. These statistics alone make Cork the perfect place to study, but there's even more.
Cork is one of the most affordable and accessible cities to live in in Ireland. It is Cork's affordability and inclusivity that lead the way to the ever-expanding, young, vibrant population of Cork City.
There is always something exciting happening in Cork City! Year-round Cork is home to all sorts of live entertainment. it is packed with everything from a Jazz Festival, Film Festival, Comedy Festival, Folk Festival, Oktoberfest, and that's just the half of it!
If festivals are not your cúpan tae, there's plenty more to explore in Cork, from its bustling college nightlife to the stunning hikes, walks and even the beaches. You'll find something you love in Cork.
For more information about the beautifully picturesque City of Cork visit Pure Cork the official tourism website for the county.