Chemistry – The Creative Science

One of the main aims of the Leaving Certificate programme is to prepare students for the requirements of further education or training, for employment and for their role as participative, enterprising citizens. With the continuing growth in our medical / pharmacological sector, choosing Chemistry as a senior cycle subject, certainly supports this aim.

What is Chemistry

Chemistry is the branch of science concerned with the structure and composition of material and the changing of one substance into another.

Everything around us in made of chemicals, making this subject one of the most exciting of the science options.


Subject Aims:

  • The aims of the syllabus, common to both levels, are:
  • To stimulate and sustain students interest in, and enjoyment of, chemistry
  • To provide a relevant course for those students who will complete their study of chemistry at this level
  • To provide a foundation course in chemistry for those students who will continue their studies in chemistry or in related subjects
  • To encourage an appreciation of the scientific, social, economic, environmental and technological aspects of chemistry and an understanding of the historical development of chemistry
  • To illustrate generally how humanity has benefited from the study and practice of chemistry
  • To develop an appreciation of scientific method and rational thought
  • To develop skills in laboratory procedures and techniques, carried out with due regard for safety, together with the ability to assess the uses and limitations of these procedures
  • To develop skills of observation, analysis, evaluation, communication and problem solving skills.


Course Content

The Leaving Certificate chemistry course covers a vast array of subjects. These include:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Water
  • Reaction Theory
  • Acids and Bases
  • Industrial Studies
  • Bonding

The course is balanced between theory and practical work. There are 28 mandatory experiments which will be carried out by the student in the school laboratory. The course not only prepares the student for a written terminal exam, but also helps to develop important skills in laboratory procedures and techniques.

Visits to industrial / college labs also form an integral part of this course.

What do the students say?

“Chemistry opens you mind to the world around you”

“So much information, rewarding when it all comes together”