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:
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.
2011, 2010, 2006, 2005
Chemistry is more popular with girls than boys, this may be due to the fact that Medicine is more popular with girls doing their Leaving Certificate and this is reflected in the statistics below.
In 2011 a total of 6298 students took Chemistry at Leaving Cert .3610 girls took Chemistry at Leaving Certificate at higher level while 2688 boys did Chemistry at Higher Level in 2010.