Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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DK781
Science - Applied Biosciences

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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.

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The programme will provide students with a broad basis in modern Biology with a strong foundation in subjects such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Ecology. They will learn how to integrate this knowledge into a range of applied Biosciences such as Biotechnology, Immunology, Industrial Microbiology and Bio-pharmaceutical Science.

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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Must possess at least 1 distinction or 2 Merits

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Career Options:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Healthcare
  • Medical devices
  • Food and Beverage
  • Environment



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