Chemistry deals with the composition of matter, the laws of chemical change and the relationship between the properties and composition of substances.  The Leaving Certificate course was modified in September 2000 and has now a high content of practical work.  The emphasis is highlighted by the introduction of mandatory experiments.

At Third-Level, chemistry is mandatory for entry to the Human Nutrition and Dietetics course in DIT and dentistry and medicine in UCC, pharmacy in TCD and veterinary medicine in UCD but to name a few.

The chemistry paper is three hours long and is divided into two sections.


Section A

  • 3 questions of which at least two must be answered based upon practical


Section B

  • 8 questions that are based on the whole course of which five or six must be completed.


Eight questions in all must be answered from both sections