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Science at Coláiste Iascaigh

Junior Certificate

Science is studied by all students in Coláiste Iascaigh for Junior Certificate. Students study three main areas of Science- Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each area is further sub-divided into the following main areas.


  • Human Biology
  • Animals, plants and micro-organisms


  • Classification of substances
  • Air, oxygen, carbon dioxide and water
  • Atomic structure, reactions and compounds


  • Force and energy
  • Heat, light and sound
  • Magnetism, electricity and electronics


Assessment of Junior Certificate Science

There are three areas of assessment:

1. Coursework A: 10%
Students must complete thirty mandatory experiments and investigations specified in the syllabus. Over the three years of the course each student is also required to maintain a laboratory notebook, in which a record of these experiments and investigations is kept according to specified criteria. This record must be available for inspection. As part of the assessment, marks will be awarded on a pro rata basis for the satisfactory completion of this required coursework.

2. Coursework B: 25%
Each student is required to undertake two specified investigations in the third year and to submit a pro forma report on these for assessment. These additional investigations, based on the topics and learning outcomes in the syllabus, will be set by the examining body and will vary from year to year

3. Terminal Examination Paper: 65%

There will be separate ordinary level and higher level examination papers. At each level 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.