"Art has this ability to allow you to connect back through history in the same way that biology does. I'm always looking for source material."
Biology is such a vast and fascinating subject, after all, it is the study of life itself.
And yet, it is so much more than the study of human life, biologists can have so many different specialities, from animal, agricultural/environmental and marine to historical, technological and even microbiology.
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.
Leaving Cert Biology advice
I first want to mention the importance of regular breaks, keeping hydrated and knowing 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.
Yes, all of the points you earn from your top 6 subjects will be combined to give you a total number of points towards CAO courses. However, certain courses require you get a higher grade in the subject you wish to pursue in college/university. If a career in Biology is your dream, you're going to need good grades in your Leaving Cert Biology exams.
How do you make sure you achieve your best grade in Biology?
Simple, revision and exam preparation. That old saying "practice makes perfect" is true when it comes to most things, but especially when it comes to exams. 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.
Biology grinds tutors in Dublin
Being Ireland's capital, Dublin is the most densely populated part of the island. With a population of well over 1.25 million, it only makes sense that Dublin has huge educational demands.
A large part of the capital's educational demand is grinds and revision courses for Junior and Leaving Cert. The sheer volume of young people in need of such services is probably the reason why Dublin has many schools designated to providing adolescents with revision courses.
Some of the specialised revision schools that provide grinds in Biology in Dublin are:
- The Dublin Academy of Education
- Institute of Education
- Kilroys College
Although intense revision courses and regular exam preparation can be very helpful 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 revision courses.
If you prefer one-to-one lessons, online and from the comfort of your own home, Superprof has several tutors offering grinds in Biology. You can choose your tutor from a large selection, you can also pick times that suit you and take as many or as few revision/preparation classes as you need. Grinds with Superprof, no matter what the subject, is affordable and convenient!
Once you have completed your Leaving Cert, you can start looking at where to pursue your passion for Biology. There are so many options across the island of Ireland that have specialised Biology courses.
Below is a list of which Universities/Colleges in Ireland have very popular Biology courses:
All of these counties have excellent colleges and between them, they offer a rather impressive variety of courses specialising in the different areas of Biology. However, in this article, we are going to focus on Colleges, Universities and Further Education options to learn Biology in Dublin.
What Further Education Colleges have Biology courses in Dublin?
Before we take a look at some of the great opportunities for studying Biology in Dublin, it is important to note that no matter where you choose to go, you will make new friends and have new experiences.
I mention this only to remind you that it's ok to make your decision based on your future career, you should not just choose to go to a college because Secondary School friends have decided to. You need to choose a course and college based on your personal aspirations and passion. After all with modern technology, you can always be in touch no matter where you go to college. Just do what's best for you.
Ok, let's dive into the best places to study Biology in Dublin.
There are so many options across Dublin when it comes to studying Biology. If you don't obtain the points you need to go straight into higher education, or you feel you might be too young to commit to 3-4 years of a course, you can always resit your Leaving Cert and Superprof can help with your revision. Another option if you wish is to attend an institute of Further Education.
Further Education is a great option if you feel too young for full-time college, wish to sample a subject for a short period before committing to several years, or if you wish to upskill at different stages in your career. They are also available in multiple ways, for example:
- Attendance only
- Blended (part online, part on-campus)
- Completely online
This makes them accessible and flexible to everyone.
Some of the institutes of Further Education you can attend in Dublin which has courses in Biology include:
- Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education
- Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
- Killester Colege of Further Education
- Pearse College of Further Education
The courses offered by the above Institutes of Further Education range vastly and you can find everything from Animal Sciences to Pre-Nursing. The average length of each course is roughly a year, which gives you ample time to decide if you wish to pursue that area further.
Of course, I should mention Further Education online, which has become very popular in the past number of years, and even more so with Covid-19 preventing people from travelling. One very popular online institute is the Open College, although it is based in Dublin, you can study Open College courses from anywhere and will be awarded the same standard QQI Diploma as in any of the attendance colleges.
Next, we'll move onto Higher Education, the main difference between Further Education and Higher Education is the level of Qualification you achieve at the end. The highest level you can be awarded in Further Education is level 6, whereas in Higher Education you can go all the way up to a PhD.
What Colleges and Universities in Dublin have courses in Biology?
There is a simple answer to this question which is, all of them.
All of the main Colleges/Universities in Dublin have some sort of Biology course, below is a list of said places:
- Trinity College Dublin
- TU Dublin (formerly DIT, IT Tallaght and Blanchardstown IT)
Each of these Colleges are huge, both in their prospectus of course and actual anchorage. Some are even spread all over the City and County of Dublin. But what they all have in common is an excellent standard of education, state of the art facilities and a qualification from any of them is recognised internationally, which means there are career possibilities both at home and abroad after you complete your chosen course.
Why is Dublin a good place to go to College?
There is something for everyone in Dublin, it may sound a little cliché but it's true!
If nature and the outdoors is your thing - there are several parks including the Phoenix Park which is not only the home of our President but also a whole cast of amazing animals, the Dublin Zoo is located inside of the enormous park as well as the natural Irish wildlife like deer, squirrels and a large variety of birds. There are also the majestic Dublin Mountains, perfect for day trips.
If you're the sporty type - Dublin has it all and most of the Colleges do too! You can join almost any sort of local or college team from GAA to Roller Derby, you'll find an athletic outlet that suits you.
If you're a social butterfly - Dublin has a world-renowned nightlife scene, from the infamous "Coppers" (Copper Face Jacks) to more intimate or even musical venues, you most definitely will not be short of places to go out in Dublin.
If you are more of a knowledge seeker - there's plenty for you too! There are several Museums, Galleries and Tours around Dublin. One of the most popular tours in Dublin is the Viking Splash Tour, it is loved by tourists and Irish people alike, the fun, dramatic energy from the tour which actually goes from land straight into water puts everyone on board in the best humour.
If even that seems too much effort, there is one more thing, it's quiet and full of adventures, for the explorer who wishes to be still and peaceful. This magical place is called Chapters. Chapters, which is Ireland's largest independent bookstore has been based in its current location (Parnell Street) since 2006. Chapters is my favourite place in Dublin city, with two full floors of books it's literal heaven for the avid reader, as you can spend hours just searching through every possible type of book.
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