Science at Junior Cycle is concerned with the understanding of a body of scientific knowledge and the development of scientific skills through practical activities. It contributes to the development of logical thinking and reasoning, and skills of observation, measurement, interpretation, numeracy, problem solving and decision making.
The syllabus is provided at two levels only – Higher and Ordinary level. There are two assessment components: coursework (35% of the marks) and an examination paper (65% of the marks). The coursework is common to both Ordinary level and Higher level. There are separate examination papers for each level.
Note: The current syllabus was introduced in 2003. A new specification for Junior Cycle Science will be taken by first year students from September 2015.
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