The horse meat scandal mightn’t first spring to mind for Leaving Cert biology but it was one of the more contemporary issues featuring at higher le(...)

Students were given two samples within temperature ranges and asked to determine which was purer. There were also some topical questions such as an exercise exploring the release of the element caesium into the atmosphere after the tsunami in Japan.

Tsunamis, the Irish chemist Robert Boyle and octane fumes all made for an interesting Leaving Cert chemistry paper yesterday which invited students to(...)

Biology is a particularly popular subject at Leaving Cert level, particularly among girls, with 19,022 taking the subject compared with 13,230 boys. Photograph: Frank Miller

Clearer graphs and diagrams were welcomed by students sitting this year’s Leaving Cert biology exam, teachers said yesterday. Candidates were a(...)