Science essentially deals with knowledge and understanding of our world. The study of science is concerned with the understanding of a body of scientific knowledge and the development of scientific skills through practical activities. 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.
The science syllabus contains the three main areas:
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
Both Ordinary level and Higher level students must study all three sections.
There are two assessment components: coursework (35% of the marks) and an examination paper (65% of the marks). The coursework is common to both Ordinary level and Higher level. There are separate examination papers for each level.
The current, revised syllabus was introduced in 2003.
Junior Certificate Science Syllabus
Junior Certificate Science - Guidelines for Teachers
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State Examinations Commission
Department of Education and Science
Junior Certificate Science Support Service
Irish Science Teachers Association