Science for the Junior Certificate is taught over a period of three years. It is made up of topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Junior Certificate examination is assessed in both continuous assessment and a terminal examination. All Junior Certificate students must keep a laboratory write-up folder for the duration (Coursework A) and must complete 2 science investigations in third year. (Coursework B)
The student’s final grade will be made from:
65% Terminal Examination.
25% Coursework B
10% Coursework A
Coursework B Investigations for 2015
Students must investigate two of the following:
Investigate and compare the quantitative effects of changing (a) wavelength of illumination and (b)
either intensity or duration of illumination on the phototropic growth response of recently germinated
Investigate and compare the quantitative effects of changing (a) metal types and (b) fruit/vegetable type
on the emf (voltage) produced across two different metals, when the electrolytes take the form of fruits
Investigate and compare the quantitative effects of changing (a) material type and (b) material thickness
on the level of sound insulation provided by a range of materials.
Guidelines for Coursework B
There are 23 mandatory experiments to be carried out and written up in First Year.
There are mandatory experiments to be carried out and written up in Second Year.
There are mandatory experiments to be carried out and written up in third Year.
Science offers great career options
Thousands of Irish school-leavers every year choose science, engineering and technology courses at third level. They are making a good choice.
A career in science offers the chance to work in a wide range of areas. These interesting and well-paid jobs include ones in:
- Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
- Health and sport
- Education or research
- Manufacturing and production
- Technology and computing
Home and abroad
There are worldwide opportunities for science, engineering and technology skills. A qualification in one of these areas can be the key to seeing the world. Equally, there are many chances to work in local and multinational businesses based in Ireland.