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An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Measúnachta
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Chemistry

Leaving Certificate chemistry aims to stimulate and sustain learners’ interest in, and enjoyment of, chemistry while developing an understanding of the fundamental principles underlying chemical phenomena. Learners will use their knowledge and understanding of chemistry to pose scientific questions, define scientific problems, and use scientific arguments and ideas to illustrate how humanity has benefited from the study and practice of chemistry.

A new specification for Leaving Certificate Chemistry is scheduled to be introduced in 2021.

The curriculum specification will be published a year earlier in September 2020.

The first phase of the NCCA public consultation on the draft Background Paper and brief for the review of Leaving Certificate Physics, Chemistry and Biology has closed. The background paper is available to download below:

The feedback gained from consultation will be shared with the development groups for Physics, Chemistry and Biology to help inform their development of subject specifications. A report on the consultation on the draft Background Paper and brief will be available soon.

The induction meeting for the new development group for Leaving Certificate Chemistry will take place on September 13th 2019 in Athlone and a series of meetings will take place in the subsequent months.

 

A new Leaving Certificate Chemistry specification is in development. The current syllabus is available here. It is assessed at Higher and Ordinary levels.

The development of a Leaving Certificate Chemistry specification began in November 2006. The draft specification was published for consultation in 2012. The consultation report is available here.

 

This specification for chemistry included a proposal for practical assessment. A trial of the practical assessment by the SEC was undertaken and completed in 2018. The draft specification was reviewed in light of the trial and the consultations but not implemented.

The Chemistry Development Group consisted of the nominees from a range of education stakeholders including teacher and management bodies, Department of Education and Skills, and the State Examinations Commission.