Science for the Junior Cycle is taught over a period of three years. It is made up of topics in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space and Physics.
The specification for junior cycle science focuses on the development of students’ knowledge of and about science through the unifying strand, Nature of science, and the four contextual strands: Physical world, Chemical world, Biological world, and Earth and space. It has been designed for a minimum of 200 hours of timetabled student engagement across the three years of junior cycle.
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.