What is Science?
Science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge. This system uses observation and experimentation to describe and explain natural phenomena. Science is an excellent career choice for those interested in understanding how the chemicals, foods and other products that we encounter in everyday life are designed and produced. From cures for life threatening illnesses, to environmental protection, to the design of new foods and space science, careers in science are varied and interesting.
About the Courses
The Physical Sciences (Common Entry) courses are designed for applicants who wish to enter Chemical or Physical Science in CIT but are undecided about or wish to postpone selecting a designated Chemistry or Physics qualification until after they have had an opportunity to experience both disciplines.
Common Semester 1: The common Semester 1 programme includes modules in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Computing so that students will have completed an introduction to general science at the end of Semester 1.
At the end of Semester 1, students choose the Chemistry or Physics course that they wish to pursue in Semester 2 of the first year, and will remain with that degree course in subsequent years. The choice of course will be made from the following below options.
What are the advantages of taking the Physical Sciences (Common Entry) route?
Students have an opportunity to take introductory modules in both Chemistry and Physics (in addition to other areas of general science) before choosing the discipline they wish to follow.
Do I need to have studied at least one of the science subjects at Leaving Certificate to apply for these courses?
No – the fundamentals of the three Leaving Certificate science subjects are delivered in Semester 1.
What is the difference between choosing Physical Sciences (Common Entry) at Level 8 to Physical Sciences (Common Entry) at Level 7?
Students commencing on the Level 7 route will have completed their ordinary BSc Degree in 3 years, while those who choose the Level 8 route will take 4 years to complete their Honours BSc Degree, with significant additional material being delivered in the fourth year to achieve the higher level award.