Study Leaving Cert Chemistry at Ashfield College

Leaving Certificate 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 Cert 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.


Teacher Profile

Sean McMahon
BSc (Hons) Analytical and Applied Chemistry PGCE (Aberystwyth University)

Subjects: Chemistry & Maths

Sean has a passion for teaching his subjects to the highest standards. He has experience working in the UK and Ireland and has held the positions of Head of Chemistry and Vocational Science Coordinator. Sean has worked as a performance manager, helping the school leadership teams to monitor, observe and train staff.  He has had responsibilities for the administration, development and implementation of effective schemes of work for State Examination bodies.  Sean also works for the State Exam Commission as an Exam co-ordinator.  He has an in-depth knowledge of the exams and marking schemes, having taught students who have achieved 100% (400/400) in the their Leaving Certificate Chemistry exam.  He aims to promote his courses with enthusiasm and relevance, using exam based material to allow for the best possible opportunities.

“Sean makes Chemistry fun. Since moving to Ashfield, it has become my best subject!”

Mohammed Sheleg, Leaving Cert

“Sean is extremely approachable and welcomes questions so you never leave a class without understanding the topic.”

Hiba Hassan, Leaving Cert


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 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