The syllabus consists of approximately 70% pure chemistry; the remaining 30% deals with the social and applied aspects of chemistry.Subject content is presented at Ordinary level and Higher level under the headings: Mandatory experiments are listed at the end of each main syllabus section.Leaving Certificate Chemistry is assessed by means of a terminal examination paper at each level.
It contributes to the development of logical thinking and reasoning, and skills of observation, measurement, interpretation, numeracy, problem solving and decision making.
Junior Certificate Science provides a suitable preparation (but is not a requirement) for the study of one or more science subjects at senior cycle.
A list of suitable experiments to be undertaken by students is included in each section of the syllabus.
Leaving Certificate Physics and Chemistry is examined at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level. Higher level candidates are expected to demonstrate a greater depth of understanding than are Ordinary level candidates.
Students are required to keep a record of their practical work over the two years of the course.
The syllabus was introduced into schools in September 2002 and first examined in June 2004.
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The science subjects are included in the first phase of syllabus review under the senior cycle developments.
Leaving Certificate Biology Syllabus (Ordinary level and Higher level)Leaving Certificate Biology – Guidelines for Teachers Leaving Certificate Biology – Support Materials (Laboratory Handbook for Teachers)Siollabas Bitheolaíochta (Gnáthleibhéal agus Ardleibhéal) State Examinations Commission Department of Education and Science Biology Support Service Irish Science Teachers Association Scoilnet subject aims to provide a relevant course for students who will complete their study of chemistry at this level while, at the same time, providing a foundation course for those who will continue to study chemistry or related subjects following completion of their Leaving Certificate.