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The new revised Leaving Certificate Chemistry syllabus has been introduced since 2000. The syllabus consists of core subjects (70%) and options which incorporate the social and applied aspects of life (30%) where all material is examinable. Students of both higher and ordinary level will choose from two options, Option 1 and Option 2.

The Ordinary level syllabus gives an overview of chemistry and the applications to everyday life while the higher level syllabus a deeper treatment is needed.

Some Core titles which students will study will include:
Periodic table, Chemical bonding, Stoichiometry, Volumetric analysis, Fuels and heats of reactions, Organic chemistry, Chemical equilibrium and Environmental chemistry of water.

The options include:
Option 1: additional industrial chemistry and atmospheric
Option 2: Materials and additional electrochemistry.

Ordinary level students will study one option from 1A, 1B, 2A or 2B. Higher level students must study in their entirety, either Option 1 or Option 2.

The syllabus also has a deep emphasis on practical work with 28 mandatory experiments for higher level and 21 for ordinary level students.

Textbooks in use throughout the course include Understanding Chemistry by Jim Mc Carthy and Terence White and also Chemistry Live by Declan Kennedy.