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Science

Department Members

  • Ms McNally

  • Ms Thornton

  • Ms Collins

  • Ms McBrien

  • Ms Gilsenan

  • Ms Coyle

  • Ms Birt

  • Ms McManus

  • Ms Tully

Why Study Science?

The specification for junior cycle science focuses on the development of students’ knowledge of and about science through the unifying strand, Nature of science, and the four contextual strands: Physical world, Chemical world, Biological world, and Earth and space. 

What kind of student would the sciences suit?

The inquiry-based design emphasises the practical experience of science for each student. It supports the use of a wide range of teaching, learning, and assessment approaches that support different levels of inquiry. Most students will need frequent practice to develop their understanding of scientific processes to use evidence to support explanations and to develop their inquiry skills to a point where they can conduct their own investigations from start to finish. 

Career Sectors

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors: 

  • Doctor

  • Nurse

  • Pharmacist

  • Teacher

  • Horticulturist

  • Healthcare worker

  • Dentist

  • Dental nurse

  • Chemist

  • Lecturer

  • Conservationist

  • Veterinarian

  • Biomedical scientist

  • Botanist

  • Medical laboratory scientist

  • Micro-biologist

  • Neuroscientist

  • Clinical pharmaceutical scientist

  • Zoologist

Subject Information 

Science in junior cycle aims to develop students’ evidence-based understanding of the natural world and their ability to gather and evaluate evidence: to consolidate and deepen their skills of working scientifically; to make them more self-aware as learners and become competent and confident in their ability to use and apply science in their everyday lives.