This revised syllabus in Junior Certificate science has been drawn up to cater for the full range of student ability, aptitude and achievement.

The syllabus has three major components:

Biology: is the study of living things. Students will study basic plant life and an introduction to human physiology.

Chemistry: investigates the elements and compounds that make up our physical world and it looks at how they react together e.g. adding an acid to a base to form salt and water.

Physics: is concerned with the development of scientific knowledge, skills, concepts, and attitudes essential for the responsibilities of citizenship in today's world.

The course is activity-based in its design and emphasises practical experience of science for each individual student.
Its modern approach makes ICT ( information communication technology) one of the most used resources in the classroom.

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.

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.

  •  enable students to acquire a body of scientific knowledge appropriate to their age, and an understanding of the relevance and applications of science in their personal and social lives
  • develop a sense of enjoyment in the learning of science. 


Each student will carry out various mandatory experiments throughout her course.