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AL632
Science (Bioscience/Chemistry)

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in this level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

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2 Years
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This higher certificate will give you an excellent grounding in the areas of biology, physics, mathematics and chemistry. This course provides students who have limited science at Leaving Certificate the opportunity to experience the main areas of science before specialising in either bioscience or chemistry. 

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AL632 - Science (Bioscience/Chemistry)
Athlone IT - AIT

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AL632 - Science (Bioscience/Chemistry)
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Essential Module Requirements:
C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or LCE Maths

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Areas of employment opportunity exist for science technicians in research, educational institutions and governmental agencies. 
Industry offers opportunities in quality control, manufacturing processes, research and development and environmental management, within the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food processing sectors. 



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Microbiology Athlone IT - AIT 
Pharmacy Technician Studies IT Carlow 
Science - Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry IT Carlow 
Biosciences IT Carlow 
Bioveterinary Science Athlone IT - AIT 
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Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy Athlone IT 
Arts - Geography Maynooth University 
Environmental Bioscience Dundalk IT 


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