The subject aims to provide a relevant course for students who will complete their study of chemistry at this level while, at the same time, providing a foundation course for those who will continue to study chemistry or related subjects following completion of their Leaving Certificate. The syllabus consists of approximately 70% pure chemistry; the remaining 30% deals with the social and applied aspects of chemistry.
Subject content is presented at Ordinary level and Higher level under the headings:
- Periodic Table and Atomic Structure
- Chemical Bonding
- Stoichiometry, Formulas and Equations
- Volumetric Analysis
- Fuels and Heats of Reaction
- Rates of Reaction
- Organic Chemistry
- Chemical Equilibrium
- Environmental Chemistry: Water
1A: Additional Industrial Chemistry
1B: Atmospheric Chemistry
2B: Additional Electrochemistry and the Extraction of Metals
Mandatory experiments are listed at the end of each main syllabus section.
Leaving Certificate Chemistry is assessed by means of a terminal examination paper at each level. Students are required to keep a record of their practical work over the two years of the course.
If students are looking to do a course in Science ,Information Technology ,Engineering or Medicine at third level this is a very good subject to study for the Leaving Certificate. If students excelled at Science and Maths at Junior Certificate this is very likely a good match for them if they want to pursue the above courses.