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With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Food Science

Course Code(s):  5M5267
QQI Award Code:  5M5267 Food Science
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5267
QQI Award Code 5M5267 Food Science
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course can provide successful students with the knowledge and the entry requirements necessary to access a range of science based programmes at Third level. The course also aims to provide students with the skills necessary to gain employment in the food industry.

What will you Study?

Food Chemistry 5N2748
Food Processing
MicroBiology 5N0737
Nutrition
Laboratory Techniques
Food Safety
Communications 5N0690
Biology 5N2746
Work Experience 5N1356
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASFX 5M5267

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Agricultural Officer   Landscape Architect / Designer  
Engineer - Biosystems / Agriculture / Food   Food Technologist  
Geotechnician   Food Safety Consultant  
Landscape Manager   Landscape Scientist  
Food Scientist   Archaeologist  
Dairy Industry Scientist   Farmer - Dairy  
Forester - Professional   Horticultural Scientist  
Cartographer    Arborist  
Agricultural Scientist   Agricultural Adviser  
Brewer   Groundsperson  
Farm Manager   Farmer - Dry Stock  
Horticultural Manager   Apiarist / Commercial Bee Keeper  
Agricultural Mechanic   Agricultural Engineering Technician  
Regulatory Affairs Specialist   Flavourist / Food Chemist  
Biomedical Scientist   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Colour Technologist  
Genetic Engineer   Haematologist  
Medicinal Chemist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Fragrance Chemist   Engineer - Petroleum  
Industrial Chemist   Pharmacologist  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst   Engineer - Chemical  
Chemist   Molecular Biologist  
Analytical Chemist   Geneticist  
Engineer - Biochemical   Geochemist  
Toxicologist   Engineer - Production & Process   
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biotechnologist  
Biochemist   Materials Technician  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Pharmaceutical Technician  
Metallurgist   Engineer - Urban Planning  
Conservation Officer - Nature   Field trials officer  
Environmental Consultant   Soil Scientist  
Environmental Technician   Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon  
Timber Technologist    

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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