Biology, the study of life itself! An ever-evolving, life-saving science that studies every aspect of life from us to our planet.
"To me, life is a bit of everything... Life is a big picture"
When it comes to studying Biology, there are so many paths to choose from, human, animal, marine, environmental, biotechnology, microbiology and so much more!
If you dream of pursuing a career in the ever-growing field that is Biology, we should start by talking about your Leaving Cert.
Biology Exams Leaving Cert advice
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.
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.
Yes, good grades are important, but they are not the end of the world, you can only do your best and there is always someone willing to help you achieve your best.
If you need help with revision or exam preparation there are many options to choose from. So, let's take a look at some of these options that can help you achieve your best results.
Where to get Biology grinds in Limerick
A lot of students tend to stay after school for group tuition with their class teacher. This is perfectly fine for many people, however, sometimes learning the same thing with the same teacher might not make you retain the information any better. Some people may need to be shown the subject from a fresh perspective to absorb new information and benefit from getting grinds.
Just like the rest of Ireland, when it comes to extra grinds/lessons for Biology, Limerick has plenty of options. Below is a list of some of the locations around Limerick which provide Biology grinds:
- Kilmartin Educational Services (offer weekly group grinds at the college)
- Limerick Tutorial College (offer weekly group grinds (Saturday mornings) at the college for €25/week)
- Premier Tuition Centre (offer a minimum 4 weeks lessons, smaller groups of 2-4 students allowing for more personal lessons)
Although group revision and exam preparation can be very helpful, some 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 fixed term with several locations offering a minimum of 6month revision courses.
If you prefer one-to-one lessons 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. No matter what the subject, if you choose to take grinds with Superprof, you will see they are affordable, as they start from just €10 and they are flexible, which makes them super 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 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:
Each of the places mentioned in the list above has excellent colleges/universities that offer courses in different areas of Biology. However, in this article, we are going to focus on the best Colleges, Universities and Further Education Institute's in which to pursue Biology in Limerick.
What Further Education Colleges offer Biology in Limerick?
Before we take a look at some of the options for studying Biology in Further and Higher Education in Limerick, there's one small piece of advice worth thinking about.
When it comes to deciding where you go after Leaving Cert, it is advisable that you choose a course and college based on your personal aspirations and passions. Following your dreams is not a selfish action, it is a brave one, meaning you should not just go to a college because your friends are, you need to be inspired and intrigued by your classes, so make a choice that 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 can keep in touch with your friends more easily than ever before, and of course, you will make new friends and have lots of new experiences.
As we look into Further Education options for studying Biology in Limerick, its worth mentioning 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 studying 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 Limerick are listed below:
- Croom College of Further Education (Animal Care)
- Limerick College of Further Education (Applied Science/Laboratory Techniques)
- University of Limerick (Equine Science)
Further Education is a great option for anyone who may feel too young for full-time college, didn't get the required Leaving Cert points for Higher Education or anyone who wants to try a subject for a short period of time before committing to several years.
What Colleges/Universities in Limerick offer a course in Biology?
Both Limerick Institute of Technology and the University of Limerick offer multiple courses in Biology.
Here is a list of some of the courses offered at LIT with Biology at their core:
- Bioanalysis & Biotechnology - BSc(Hons)
- Biotechnology with Biopharmaceutical Science - BSc (Hons)
- Forensic & Pharmaceutical Science - BSc (Hons)
- Applied Biology - BSc
Here is a list of some of the courses offered at UL with Biology at their core:
- Bachelor of Science in Bioscience
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biochemistry
Whether you choose to study Biology at LIT or UL you can be confident in knowing that both places consider Bio-sciences, bio-analysis, bio-engineering and the environment their main areas of research. Both institutes also have an impressive rate of post-graduate employment, and it is often the case that the small percentage who do not go straight to employment after BSc/Masters completion end up staying in education to PhD level.
Why should I go to college in Limerick?
Aside from gaining an excellent level of education, obtaining an internationally recognised qualification and outstanding post-graduate employment rates, there are so many reasons to study in Limerick.
Despite its battle filled past and dodgy sounding nicknames, Limerick is known to be home to Irelands most welcoming people. Much like Cork, has a rather large city but a whole lot of rural county to be explored. The combination of friendliness and edginess is unique to Limerick.
From art to nightlife and from nature trails to sporting clubs, you'll find it all in Limerick, a few samples follow below:
- If you love history, Limerick is for you. Limerick is drenched in history, from the Vikings and Brian Boru to Oliver Cornwall and the besieging of the city, no matter where you go in Limerick you will uncover fascinating legends, lore and history.
- The home of Irish Coffee. The now infamous Irish Coffee, a good old coffee infused with a tipple of whiskey was invented in Limerick in 1943!
- Limerick has produced some of Ireland's most famous celebrities from the Cranberries and the Rubberbandits to Terry Wogan.
- The Limerick Milk Market incorporated in 1852. At the market, you’ll find anything from local produce to a range of arts, crafts and second-hand goods.
As I said, these are just some of the wonderful experiences Limerick has to offer.
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