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JUNIOR CERTIFICATE SCIENCE

All students of Junior-Cert Level take science. Science is broken into three different parts, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Much of the Junior-Cert science course involves doing 30 mandatory experiments and 20 optional experiments.

10% of the Junior-Cert exam is for lab work done during school.

25% of the Junior-Cert exam is for two projects completed in Third Year.

65% of the Junior-Cert is allocated to the final exam.

All the students enjoy working and doing experiments in our new well equipped labs.

LEAVING CERTIFICATE SCIENCE

BIOLOGY

Biology entails the study of living things i.e. micro-organisms, higher plants, ecology, human anatomy and physiology. It also includes the analysis of genetics and contemporary biological issues and technology.

The Leaving Certificate examination paper is divided into three sections and is three hours long.

Section A

5 out of 6 ‘short questions’

Section B

2 out of 3 ‘fill out questions’ on mandatory activities

Section C

4 out of 6 ‘long questions’

The new syllabus aims to encourage an attitude of scientific inquiry, curiosity and self-discovery and to develop an understanding of biological facts and principles and an awareness of the application of knowledge of biology to making informed evaluations about contemporary biological issues.

Any student studying Social and Scientific home economics will find some overlap between the two courses.

PHYSICS

Physics is the most basic of the sciences and is relevant in general medicine, radiography, medical imaging, physiotherapy, engineering, astronomy, ICT and all the natural sciences. It deals with the laws and forces governing natural phenomena, which include heat, light, electricity and magnetism.

The Leaving Cert course was modified in 2000 and now allows more time for experiments and the exploration of ideas. The backbone of the course comprises 28 mandatory experiments. An advantage of the course is that once the syllabus has been covered there is not a huge amount of material to learn for the examination.

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry deals with the composition of matter, the laws of chemical change and the relationship between the properties and composition of substances. The Leaving Certificate course was modified in September 2000 and has now a high content of practical work. The emphasis is highlighted by the introduction of mandatory experiments.

At Third-Level, chemistry is mandatory for entry to the Human Nutrition and Dietetics course in DIT and dentistry and medicine in UCC, pharmacy in TCD and veterinary medicine in UCD but to name a few.

The chemistry paper is three hours long and is divided into two sections.

Section A

3 questions of which at least two must be answered based upon practical

Section B

8 questions that are based on the whole course of which five or six must be completed.

Eight questions in all must be answered from both sections

Transition Year Science

‘Safe food For Life’

The safe Food for life programme offers post primary students the chance to develop an understanding and awareness of food safety and also provides them with the opportunity to sit an examination, primary certificate in Food Hygiene, which is accredited by the Environmental Health Offices Association.

Forensic Science

Students are encouraged to take Science at a senior level by choosing Chemistry, Biology or Physics, or a combination of these subjects for leaving certificate. As part of this process, students are asked to solve a crime using all the different techniques available to forensics scientists. Through the activities, students develop basics abilities to do and understand scientific enquiry. Among the skills employed are 1. Organisational 2. Technical 3. Team working 4.Communication 5.Problem solving.

It is hoped to develop this module further by working with ESTABLISH (European Science & Technology in Action Building Links with Industry, Schools & Home) in conjunction with DCU.

Disability Module

Aim: By working with disability related to muscular dysfunction, the students will come in touch with people who work with developing Science and Technology in this field and to understand how disability aids are used in everyday life. During the work the students develop knowledge in Human Biology, Physics and Technology.

Science Department

  • Ms Alexandra Duane
  • Mr Micheal Kelly
  • Ms Kate O’Regan
  • Mr Don Sheahan