Junior Cycle students during a science experiment

Junior Cycle students during a science experiment

Introduction to Science

The Junior Certificate science syllabus has three major components, biology, chemistry and physics, and is concerned with the development of scientific knowledge, skills, concepts, and attitudes essential for the responsibilities of citisenship in today’s world. All students, irrespective of syllabus level, will be required to study these three components.

The course is activity-based in its design and emphasises practical experience of science for each individual student. The importance of the processes of science as well as knowledge and understanding is reflected in the syllabus structure. Through a variety of investigations and experiments, students attain the specified learning outcomes, developing appropriate science process skills and a knowledge of underlying science concepts.



10%: 30 experiments over 1st, 2nd and 3rd years.
25%: 2 experiments in 3rd year (26 page write up).
65%: Written paper in June

Useful Tips

• Get a Science Revision Copy and write out the all definitions and summaries from the chapter in your textbook that you are studying starting at the front of my revision copy. As you write the definitions say them to yourself a few times.
• Do the questions at the end of each chapter in the back of your revision copy.
• Get someone to ask you the questions at the end of the chapter.
• Study notes from my notes copy.
• In 3rd year do past exam papers, if I don’t know the answer to a particular question you must look it up in the science textbook.
• Write out the method, result and conclusion to each experiment on each chapter as you study. Read the above to yourself once to twice also.
• You should study science at least 1 hour 3 times a week in 1st and 2nd year and 1.5 hours 3 times per week in 3rd year.

Useful websites for students