Biology entails the study of living things i.e. micro-organisms, higher plants, ecology, human anatomy and physiology.  It also includes the analysis of genetics and contemporary biological issues and technology.
The Leaving Certificate examination paper is divided into three sections and is three hours long.
Section A
5 out of 6 ‘short questions’
Section B
2 out of 3 ‘fill out questions’ on mandatory activities
Section C
4 out of 6 ‘long questions’
The new syllabus aims to encourage an attitude of scientific inquiry, curiosity and self-discovery and to develop an understanding of biological facts and principles and an awareness of the application of knowledge of biology to making informed evaluations about contemporary biological issues.
Any student studying Social and Scientific home economics will find some overlap between the two courses. There is also a large overlap between Biology and Agricultural Science.