The Biology Department supports the school's mission to welcome all members of the community and strive for excellence in delivering holistic educational services and supports based on the principles of respect, co-operation and partnership.

The general aim of education is to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual, including aesthetic, creative, critical, cultural, emotional, expressive, intellectual, for personal and home life, for working life, for living in the community and for leisure.

The Leaving Certificate Biology programme in Coláiste na Carraige is presented within this general aim, with a particular emphasis on the preparation of students for the requirements of further education or training, for employment and for their role as participative, enterprising citizens.

The Leaving Certificate Biology programme in Coláiste na Carraige is to provide continuity with and progression from the Junior Certificate Science programme.

Science education in the senior cycle in Coláiste na Carraige reflects the changing needs of students and the growing significance of science for strategic development in Ireland.

The Leaving Certificate Science syllabus in Coláiste na Carraige incorporates the following components:

  • Science for the enquiring mind or pure science, to include the principles, procedures and concepts of the subject as well as its cultural and historical aspects
  • Science for action or the applications of science and its interface with technology
  • Science that is concerned with issues–political, social and economic–of concern to citizens.

The three components are integrated within each science syllabus, with the first component having a 70% weighting. The remaining 30% should be allocated to the other two components in the ratio 3 to 1.

In Coláiste na Carraige Biology is offered at two levels, Higher and Ordinary, Students opting for Biology have approximately 180 hours of class contact time over a two year period.

Teaching of Biology at Coláiste na Carraige is practical and experiment based.

At Coláiste na Carraige Biology is an optional Leaving Certificate subject. Class sizes are capped at 24 students and our facilities include two well equipped laboratories as well as ancillary support facilities.

There are three Biology teachers Dr. Doherty, Ms. Kelly and Ms. McGoldrick.

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