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Leaving Certificate: Higher Level Agricultural Science is 'nice, straightforward'

Published 18/06/2015 | 13:56

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Overall a very nice, straightforward paper, and any student who had done the past exam papers thoroughly would have been very happy with it, was how teacher Donal Power described the Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science Higher Level exam.

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“It really gave well prepared students an opportunity to express all the hard work they have done over the years”,  said Mr Power of Dublin’s Institute of Education

He said most of the short questions had come up previously, other than perhaps (f) which asked about structural characteristics of fern plants and pine trees.

He said properly prepared students would have been happy with Q2 on soil, while Q3, Option 1 on potatoes was 'lovely', and there was 'nothing taxing' about Option 2, on dairy and beef husbandry.

All the experiment options in Q4 had come up before,  with the exception of part (a) determining mineral ash percentage in grass “but students may have observed that this was identical to finding the mineral content in a soil sample”.

Mr Power said students would have been very happy with Q5 on sheep, while there was nothing to cause difficulty in Q6, and Q7 was a standard genetics question, made topical by reference to the abolition of milk quotas.

Similarly he found no fault with Q8 and in Q9, on scientific explanations, all had been asked before

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