Saturday 25 October 2014

Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science Higher Level: 'Well balanced and manageable'

Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor

Published 19/06/2014 | 15:56

Pupils of Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin sitting their Leaving Certificate Examination. Photo: Tom Burke

Well balanced with a nice choice of questions is how teacher Donal Power described the Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science Higher Level paper.

Mr Power of the Institute of Education, Dublin said there was a good choice of short questions, although he thought the phrasing of the first “slightly tricky - the term ‘adulteration of milk’ may have been unfamiliar to some students”.

While, in recent years, he regarded the soil question as challenging, this year he thought it was more manageable.

In Question 3, the Option 1 graph question was very topical, about the  2013 fodder crisis.

Mr Power thought Question 5 a bit unusual because it mixed plant science in a bit soil science.  

“However if students had practised with past papers they would have found this quite doable” he said.

In Question 6, he said some students might have found it hard to draw the digestive system of fowl or a bird.

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