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The new course was introduced in September 2016. An overview of the specification is presented below.

The specification for junior cycle science focuses on the development of students’ knowledge of and about science through the unifying strand , Nature of science, and the four contextual strands: Physical world, Chemical world, Biological world, and Earth and space. It has been designed for a minimum of 200 hours of timetabled student engagement across the three years of junior cycle. 

Figure 1: The strands of the specification for junior cycle science

Science Week 2020