Junior Certificate: Science
Leaving Certificate: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Look at dramatic inflation in the ‘points’ requirements for Third Level Science courses, and you will see how important, and competitive, an education in Science is becoming. The employers clearly want Science graduates, and entry into these courses is now at a premium! Of course, for the Department of Science at St. Conleth’s, making our students eminently employable is only a by-product of our true mission: to encourage our students to learn and enjoy all the wonders of the World of Science.
The new Junior Cycle places Science right up there with the holy trinity of English, Irish and Maths as a required subject, so there is no dodging the donning of the white lab coat! And why would you try? JC Science gives you a broad but lively and engaging introduction to all the various areas and aspects of the subject, from astronomy to zoology, with hands-on laboratory experience a priority. At St. Conleth’s something is always cooking up there in the lab, and an added bonus is a nice break out on Clyde Road for everyone when someone inevitably trips the smoke detector with his smouldering magnesium.
For Leaving Certificate, we encourage every student to do at least one science, and we set the timetable so that it is possible to do all three: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Smaller class sizes assure close attention from the teachers and there is a lively competitive spirit and repartee between the senior science subjects.
Science also comes alive outside the classroom at St. Conleth’s. We have a proud tradition of entering and winning prizes at the Young Scientists Competition, with multiple teams and individuals being selected for exhibition each year, and our teachers also take students to other Science events throughout the year, including the Scifest national science exhibition and competition, which we are hosting an associated event this year.
Some relevant links:
- BBC Science website for GCSE (Careful with the content here – not all material is on our curriculum)
- BBC website for Human Biology (Again, not all material is on our curriculum)
- Science Simulations – Especially useful for electronics
Also of interest: