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Junior Certificate Science


The study of science contributes to a broad and balanced educational experience for students, extending their experiences at primary level. It is concerned with the development of scientific literacy and associated science process skills, together with an appreciation of the impact that science has on our lives and environment.

Arising out of their experience in the junior cycle, it is hoped that many students will be encouraged to study one or more of the science subjects in the senior cycle, thus preparing themselves for further study or work in this area.

Syllabus Outline

1A Human biology – food, digestion and associated body systems
1B Human biology – the skeletal/muscular system, the senses and human reproduction
1C Animals, plants and micro-organisms

2A Classification of substances
2B Air, oxygen, carbon dioxide and water
2C Atomic structure, reactions and compounds

3A Force and energy
3B Heat, light and sound
3C Magnetism, electricity and electronics


Coursework A:
• Students must complete the mandatory experiments and investigations specified in the syllabus.
• Each student is also required to maintain a laboratory notebook, in which a record of these experiments and investigations is kept.
• This record must be available for inspection.
• Overall Marks: 10%

• Coursework A Template:

Coursework B:

• Each student will be required to undertake two specified investigations in the third year and to submit a report on these for assessment.
• These additional investigations will be set by the examining body and will vary from year to year.
• Overall Marks: 25%

• Coursework B Template:

Terminal examination:

• There will be separate Ordinary level and Higher level examination papers.
• The examination paper will consist of three sections.
• These will assess students’ knowledge and skills in relation to syllabus material and learning outcomes in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics.
• Overall Marks: 65%

• Past Exam Papers:

Length of Syllabus

• 240-270 hours class contact time
• Four/five class periods per week
• It will span over three years

Differentiation between Higher and Ordinary Level

• Much of the syllabus material is common to both levels.
• At Higher level a deeper and more analytical treatment is required, as is indicated in the syllabus objectives and learning outcomes.

Class Activities

• Measuring (various quantities)
• Recording (information/data)
• Calculating (using data)
• Graphing (using recorded data)
• Presenting information or conclusions in a variety of forms
• Identifying (animal or plant species)
• Classifying (information, animals, plants)
• Analyzing (recorded or supplied data)
• Investigating (properties, relationships)
• Observing (behaviour, patterns, reactions)
• Examining (materials, samples, illustrations)
• Describing (by means of words, illustrations, etc.)
• Testing (materials, products of reactions)
• Preparing (solutions, gases).

Useful Websites ‎

Science Fun Week & Third Year Ecology Trip

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