These courses enable learners to gain recognition for the achievement of considerable knowledge in a range of subject areas, as for example in the Leaving Certificate and one-year Post Leaving Certificate courses.
Courses may be academic or practical in focus, and awards that are recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to progression opportunities higher up in the framework.
The majority of people with certificates at this level are well prepared for occupations that involve using their knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include office secretary, customer service representatives, special needs assistant, retail salespersons and childcare workers.
This course combines parts of both Leaving Cert Physics and Leaving Cert Chemistry into a single course which is examined separately. It includes mandatory practical experiments which must be completed and written up, as well as a written examination on the theory and applications of both disciplines.
Why Study Physics & Chemistry
Physics contributes to a student’s future career in many ways. It helps, in conjunction with the other Leaving Certificate subjects, to provide a broad, balanced education for any student. Physics teaches students to think logically and enables them to express their thoughts in a concise manner. The skills and knowledge developed through their study of physics can be useful in a wide variety of situations.
What kind of Student would Physics and Chemistry suit
This remains a minority subject in terms of its popularity with less than 500 students sitting the exam at Higher Level and just 140 at Ordinary Level last year.
Due to large amounts of overlap, it is not possible to take this subject with either Physics or Chemistry.
The syllabus consists of the following main topics:
Physics and Chemistry is an experimental and practical subject and practical work by students is regarded as an integral part of the course. A list of suitable experiments to be undertaken by students is included in each section of the syllabus.
Leaving Certificate Physics and Chemistry is examined at two levels - Ordinary and Higher level. Assessment is by terminal examination paper. Higher level candidates are expected to demonstrate a greater depth of understanding than are Ordinary level candidates. Records of practical work done by students are kept and made available for inspection.
Ordinary & Higher Papers
This is a 3-hour exam with six questions to be answered. Students can answer any three questions from Section I and any three questions from Section II. All the questions carry equal marks. However, in each section, one additional mark will be given to each of the first two questions for which the highest marks are obtained.
This subject is useful in related careers in a scientific discipline, such as physics, chemistry, environmental science, or medicine.