Science in junior cycle aims to develop students’ evidence-based understanding of the natural world and their ability to gather and evaluate evidence. They learn to work as scientists and how to apply this knowledge to their everyday lives.

This is a common level course introduced in 2016.

The course is broken down into 5 main strands and 46 learning outcomes spread across the 3 years.

Strand 1- The Nature of Science

Strand 2 – Earth and Space

Strand 3 – Chemical World

Strand 4 – Physical World

Strand 5 – Biological World


As part of JC science students will undertake two classroom based assessments,

one in second year (EEI - Extended Experimental Investigation): Students design, plan, carry out and then report on their own individual experimental investigation. E.g. investigating how different coloured light affects how plants grow, the optimum shape for a paper plane, which heartburn medication is the most efficient etc.

and the other in third year (SSI - Science in Society Investigation): Students chose a research topic that is considered controversial or two sided. They investigate the two sides of the argument and come to a justified personal opinion based on their research. This task is designed to equip students with the skills needed to assess information from different sources and be able to identify bias.


At the end of the 3 years students will receive their results based on their 2 CBAs along with their final assessment.

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