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CR300
Physical Sciences (Common Entry)

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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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The Bachelor of Science (Physical Sciences Common Entry) programme is 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.

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CR300 - Physical Sciences (Common Entry)
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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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CASAC  5M2768  AnimalCare
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CASFX  5M5267  Food Science
CETXX    Electronic Technology

Essential Module Requirements:
Five merits or better in the FETAC level 5/6 qualification which must include:


C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry
or C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics

Plus a pass in C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or LCE Maths

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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, the design of new foods and space science, careers in science are varied and interesting. Many of CIT’s science graduates have gone on to work in both local and international firms, as well as starting and running their own businesses successfully.



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