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This 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. Chemistry investigates the elements and compounds that make up the physical world and looks at how they react together.  It looks at different types of materials, both natural and man-made. Chemistry forms some part of all courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Engineering and in most Science courses. The syllabus consists of approximately 70% pure Chemistry; the remaining 30% deals with the social and applied aspects of Chemistry.


Leaving Certificate Chemistry is assessed by means of terminal examination papers at higher and ordinary level. Students are required to complete and keep a record of 28 mandatory practical experiments over the two years of the course.

5th Year

Term 1 Term 2 & 3

Atomic Structure
Arrangement of electrons
The Periodic Table
Tests for Anions
The Mole
Rates of Reaction


Chemical Bonding
Properties of Gases
Stiochiometry I
Acids and Bases 
Vol. Analysis
Fuels and Hydrocarbons

6th Year

Term 1 & 2 Term 3
Organic Families
Organic Reactions
Oxidation & Reduction
Volumetric Analysis
Chemical Equilibrium

pH and Indicators
Electrochemistry I
Stiochiometry II

Option 2 Materials
Option Electrochem. II

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