Leaving Cert Chemistry can be studied as a one or two year programme as a full-time day school student.

Subject Group; Science

Chemistry is in every living thing on land and sea and in our bodies. So, if you enjoyed Junior Cycle Science and you have done well in this and Maths you should be a good candidate for Leaving Cert Chemistry. Chemistry is an essential element in the study of careers including: Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Technology.

Leaving Cert Chemistry Teacher Peter Jackson

Teacher Profile

Peter Jackson BSc, HDipED

Subject: Chemistry

Peter Jackson is a vastly experienced teacher of Biology and Chemistry to Leaving Cert Higher level and this year he is adding Agricultural Science to the list of subjects he is teaching at Ashfield College.  He has been teaching in St Columbus College, Dublin for many years and has taught a multitude of Revision classes over the last 30 years.  Peter is the author of several Leaving Cert text books in both Biology and Chemistry and has extensive experience as an Examiner for the State Exams Commission.

The classes are excellent, Mr Jackson is a fantastic and supportive teacher. Couldn’t ask for better.

David Leon, Leaving Cert

Peter Jackson’s classes are very detailed, explained clearly, and exam focused.

David Barrett, Leaving Cert

Leaving Cert Chemistry Subject Content


The course consists of the study of a variety of aspects of Chemistry under the following headings:

  • Atomic Structure
  • Volumetric Analysis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Water Chemistry
  • Reaction Mechanisms

Exam Structure

The Leaving Cert Chemistry exam is three hours in duration. Each candidate must answer at least two questions from Section A (experimental section) and a maximum of six questions from Section B. There are eleven questions in total on the exam paper, each carrying 50 marks.

To discuss whether Chemistry would be a good choice for your Leaving Certificate call 01 490 4050 and talk to one of our subject experts.

Data Source: Department of Education and Science and www.education.ie – data correct as of 27/7/2014