Members of Biology Department

Ms. Colette Smith

Ms. Ellen McCarron

Ms. Paula McGonnell


Biology is the study of life. Through the study of Biology students explore the diversity of life and the inter-relationships between organisms and their environment. They become aware of the use of living organisms and their products to enhance human health and the environment.

The Leaving Certificate Biology syllabus is for students in the senior cycle of post-primary education and is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels. There are 3 Units – Unit 1: The study of Life (Food & Ecolgy), Unit 2: The Cell (Cell struscture, Enzymes, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Genetics) and Unit 3: The Organism (A detailed study of the 5 kingdoms of Life). The biology syllabus is currently under review.

Useful websites for Syllabus and guidelines