Leaving Cert English

Course Overview for Leaving Cert English, Higher Level


  • Comprehending the comprehension: Language study and the skills involved in approaching Question A
  • Learning to love Larkin: A detailed discussion of the central preoccupations of Philip Larkin


  • ‘Something wicked this way comes’: An overview of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, focusing on characters, central themes and key moments
  • Preparing for Question B: Planning, drafting and composing functional writing tasks including diaries, letters, reviews, articles and speeches


  • How to manage the modes: A quick-fire approach to dealing with the three comparative texts under the modes of comparison: Theme/Issue, General Vision and Viewpoint and Cultural Context
  • Dickinson’s fascination with death: An exploration of Emily Dickinson’s unique style and her exploration of the macabre


  • How to handle Heaney: An exploration of love, history and memories in the poetry of Seamus Heaney
  • The Essay: An overview of personal essays, speeches/articles and short stories. Exemplars discussed. What does the examiner want on the day?

*All students are asked to bring exam papers and a poetry anthology to the course.

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