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, chemistry and
physics, and is concerned with the development of scientific knowledge, skills, concepts, and attitudes
essential for the responsibilities of citizenship in today’s world. All students, irrespective of syllabus
level, will be required to study these three components.
The course is activity-based in its design and emphasises practical experience of science for each
individual student. The importance of the processes of science as well as knowledge and understanding is
reflected in the syllabus structure. 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.