Biology is a natural science, it is the study of every living thing. When it comes to studying Biology there are so many different areas to choose from, but the one thing they all have in common is they all strive to understand the life-form they specialise in and protect or improve its quality.

"The potential for synthetic biology and biotechnology is vast; we all have an opportunity to create the future together".

Ryan Bethencourt

With so many possible paths and intriguing study subjects, how can you start your journey towards a career in the life saving and improving science that is Biology? Let's start with your Leaving Cert.

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Biology Exams Leaving Cert study advice

It is true what they say, "practice makes perfect" when it comes to most things, especially when it comes to exams. However, a few other things that help when it comes to staying focused and not stressed are:

  1. Staying hydrated
  2. Taking regular breaks
  3. Good lighting (natural if possible)
  4. Knowing when you need help

No matter which type of study works for you 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.

Leaving Cert can feel like a lot of pressure, the constant revision and the 'mocks' can make the whole experience overwhelming, especially when it comes to achieving the number of points you need to get into specific courses and colleges. It is important to know that if you are feeling overwhelmed or just need to vent, there is always someone there to listen. 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 can I find Biology grinds in Waterford?

Biology grinds come in many forms, a lot of the time students who only need a little bit of clarification will stay behind at school for group grinds with their class teacher. But, sometimes revising the same subject in the same environment won't help you retain new information and that is fine because there is plenty of other options available.

Below is a list of some of the places in Waterford that offer grinds in Biology:

  • Waterford School of Grinds
  • Déise College Dungarvan
  • Yeats College - Waterford

Each of the places listed provides weekly grinds throughout the academic year and they range in price from €20 per hour to €35 per hour. Yes, revision courses and regular exam preparation can be very helpful, yet a lot of these places can work out quite expensive when it comes to tuition fees. This due to the fact there are often limited spaces available and the classes/courses are long term with several locations offering a minimum of 6month courses.

If you prefer one-to-one lessons, Superprof has an array of tutors offering grinds in Biology.

Studying with Superprof means you can choose your tutor, you can choose times that work for you and take as many or as few revision/preparation classes as you need. No matter what the subject if you choose to take grinds with Superprof, you will get quality tuition that is affordable, as classes start from just €10 and they are flexible, which makes them super convenient!

While studying for your Leaving Cert, you can start looking at where to pursue your passion for Biology. There are so many options throughout the Republic of Ireland that offer Biology courses.

Below is a list of the Universities/Colleges in Ireland which are popular choices when it comes to Biology courses:

All of the places mentioned have excellent options when it comes to studying Biology after Leaving Cert. However, this article is going focus on the Further and Higher Education options in Waterford.

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What Further Education options are there for studying Biology in Waterford?

Further Education Biology in Waterford.
Further Education classes tend to be smaller in size, which is good for those who want an introduction to college life - Photo by Ilya Sonin on Unsplash

Before we take a look at some of the options for studying Biology in Further and Higher Education in Waterford, there's a small piece of advice worth thinking about.

Which is, when it comes to deciding where you go after Leaving Cert, you should decide on a course and college based on your personal aspirations and passions. 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.

As we look into Further Education options for studying Biology in Waterford, it is worth pointing out 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

Having options is what makes studying level 5 and 6 accessible to everyone, no matter where you live, whether it's a town, the countryside or one of the islands, once you have internet you can learn.

It appears that there is only one Institute of Further Education in Waterford. Waterford College of Further Education offers many courses, including some in the scientific fields. When it comes to Biology there are a few level 5 and 6 courses to choose from:

  • Animal Care (Veterinary Nursing) QQI Level 5
  • Advanced Animal Science QQI Level 6
  • Laboratory Techniques QQI Level 5
  • Nursing Studies QQI Level 5
  • Pharmacy Assistant QQI Level 5
  • Infection Prevention and Control QQI Level 5

Further Education is a great option for those who may feel too young to go straight into full-time college or those who wish to try a subject for a short period of time before committing to several years. Level 5 or 6 courses can also be taken if a person wishes to upskill at different stages in their career. Further Education classes also tend to be smaller in numbers, which is great when it comes to getting assistance during lessons.

What Biology courses does Waterford Institute of Technology have to offer?

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Biology courses at Waterford Institute of Technology - Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

At Waterford Institute of Technology, you have the opportunity to explore humanity’s interactions with the natural world. You can discover how medicines and microbes work and even learn how to protect delicate ecosystems. From Agricultural Sciences to Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, at WIT there's a course in the Biological Sciences for you.

Currently, the Biology courses available at WIT include:

  • BSc in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science
  • BSc in Pharmaceutical Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science
  • BSc in Food Science with Business

There are many benefits of studying at Waterford Institute of Technology, for example, a qualification from WIT is recognised worldwide and the range of academic programmes are extensive, ranging from Higher Certificate right through to post-doctoral research.

In fact, there is a thriving research and postgraduate community in Waterford Institute of  Technology, with many of the researchers, have a high profile in both the national and EU community of academics.

Why should I go to college in Waterford?

Aside from the many academic benefits of studying in Waterford, the city also has a lot to offer when it comes to day-to-day living.

Reasons to study in Waterford
Waterford City, a stunning coastal city in Ireland's Ancient East - Image by Gavin Bollard from Pixabay

Long before Waterford became part of  Ireland's Ancient East, a campaign by Fáilte Ireland to encourage tourism along the entire eastern coast of Ireland, this beautiful coastal city was simply known to the Irish as the "sunny south-east".

Waterford has it all, as Ireland's oldest city it is steeped in history and culture. From the Viking Triangle and Lismore Castle to the bustling nightlife, festivals and of course the Greenway trail and The Magic Road, there is always something to explore in Waterford.

All of that with the bonus of Waterford being an absolute foodies heaven! No matter what tourism Ireland website or brochure you look at, once you flip to the Waterford section you will be greeted by an abundance of recommendations for cafes, pubs, restaurants and takeaways, most with 5-star ratings!

  • If you're the outdoorsy type - horse riding on the beach, cycling/walking the Greenway, experience the Copper Coast.
  • If you're a history buff - take your pick from multiple castles, learn the Viking past of the city, find out the origins stories of the Blaa and Waterford Crystal.
  • If you're a socialite - choose what night scene suits you, traditional pubs, modern bars and beer gardens, nightclubs and even street festivals are all ready and waiting for you to experience.

Whether you love being in a group or doing some independent exploring Waterford has something to offer you!

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