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The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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CK402
Biological and Chemical Sciences

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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This course is designed to foster an inter-disciplinary approach across a wide range of biological, biotechnology, medical, chemical, pharmaceutical and ecological research areas.

If you enjoy Biology and/or Chemistry as Leaving Certificate subjects, enjoy working in a laboratory environment and like the challenge and excitement of scientific research and development, then Biological and Chemical Sciences, with its broad range of opportunities, may be the CAO entry route for you.

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Entry to the following degree courses takes place at the beginning of Second Year:

Chemistry; Chemistry with Forensic Science; Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds; Science Education (Chemistry or Biology route);

For those wishing to go down the road of a Biological Science degree, you make your decision at the end of Second Year for the remainder of degree courses:

Biochemistry; Microbiology; Neuroscience; Physiology

The subjects that you will study from Second Year onwards depend upon which programme you enter from the options above. Please see the individual course information pages for details of each of these programmes.


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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Note: Information for 2018 Entry
Old Code New Code Award Title
CASLT. 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
CASFX. 5M5267 Food Science


Essential Module Requirements:
Must have distinctions in 5 modules (excluding 5N1356 - Work Experience
6N1946 - Work Experience, W20008 - Work Experience; 5N1433 - Work Practice
6N1947 - Work Practice) in the QQI FET/FETAC qualification which must include:
5N1833 - Mathematics
or 5N0556 - Maths for STEM
or 6N3395 - Mathematics
or C20139 - Mathematics

5N2746 - Biology
or 5N0737 - Microbiology
or 5N2747 - Chemistry
or 5N1460 - Physics
or C20006 - Biology
or C20041 - Microbiology
or C20011 - Chemistry
or C20048 - Physics

Note: Information for 2018 Entry

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Careers are available in research and product development, quality control, technical management, marketing, and distribution management in pharmaceutical, chemical and the food industry.



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