The course is divided into three units
There are 22 mandatory practical activities. Three of these are examined each year, two of which have to be answered. A laboratory record of these activities has to be kept and available for inspection by The Department of Education and Science. An ecology portfolio has also to be completed. This is usually done in fifth year. As of yet no marks are awarded for the laboratory notebook or the portfolio.
On this relatively new course there is a strong emphasis on social and applied aspects e.g. when studying the breathing system a breathing disorder is studied.
The examination at higher and ordinary level is three hours duration. The exam paper is divided into three units.
1. It is recommended that a student taking Leaving Certificate Biology has a good understanding of Junior Science at higher level.
2. Each student must have an aptitude and interest for laboratory work.
3. A considerable amount of learning and study is necessary to do well in this subject.