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Subject summary

Chemistry is a descriptive, practical science which requires a good understanding of abstract concepts, the ability to learn definitions, carry out laboratory procedures and a good level of mathematical ability for the many calculations on the course. It provides a variety of activities in the 28 mandated practicals which pupils enjoy.

Why study Chemistry?

Chemistry provides a training in abstract thinking and manipulation of laboratory equipment. It has a variety of challenges - learning, understanding, manipulation of equations and practical work which make for an interesting course.

Course Content

The course is based on the history of the atom, it’s structure and the patterns within the known elements, water, rates of reaction, quantitative and organic Chemistry. There is also an option of studying either industrial and environmental Chemistry or the study of materials and electrochemistry. The course includes 28 practicals where the theory can be seen to be ‘real’ and which provide an opportunity for kinaesthetic learning.

Exam Structure

The examination has two sections. A candidate must answer 8 questions in all, including at least two of the three in section A which is based on the practicals. There are a further eight questions in section B of which a maximum of six questions must be answered. Each question is worth 50 marks, the entire paper is therefore worth 400 and must be completed in three hours. There is no element of continuous assessment but practical write ups must be available for inspection by the State Examinations Commission.

Career Possibilities

Chemistry leads to careers in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical manufacturing, Agricultural Science, Forensic Science, Medicine, Engineering, General Science and Biotechnology.

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State Examinations
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Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny,
Dublin 20,
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