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The Leaving Cert physics course follows directly from Junior Cert Science, and covers more topics in greater depth. Physics is often referred to as the maths side of science even though only a small proportion of the course is based on this.

Physics aims to enhance students ability to think logically, observe and understand scientific method. The course is heavily based around experiments - students are required to complete and write reports of 24 practical experiments throughout the two years, and be fully aware of how to accurately record and analyse results, and how to minimise and accomodate for experimental errors.

These laboratory experiments, along with many more non-compulsory experiments are examined in detail on a section of the written paper.

The Physics course also involves a lot of theory which is tested on the written examination. Students are expected to be able to use various formulae with respect to SI units and significant figures, and have a good understanding of the role of physics in modern society and technology.

What type of student might Physics suit?

  • Students considering a career in any mathematical or scientific discipline, such as finance, statistics, engineering, physics, astronomy or computer science.
  • Students who were successful in their Junior Cert science examination, particularly in the Physics section of the course.

Science Department 

Ciaran Whelan, BSc, HDipEd (NUI), Co-ordinator 

Jane Salter, BSc (Hons) (NUI), HDipEd (TCD) 

Ciara Gallagher, BA (Mod), HDipEd (TCD) 

Niall Mahon, BSc, HDipEd (NUI) 

Noel Cunningham, MSc (DCU/QUB), BSc (DCU), HDipEnvEng (UCC), HDipEd (TCD) (link to

David Plummer, BSc (NUI), PGCE(Dunelm) 

Ciaran O'Connor, MSc (Hons) (QUB), BSc (Hons) (DCU), PGDE (NUI) 

Martin Furey, BSc (Hons) (NUI) 

Lynda Jordan

  • King's Hospital Physics