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Laboratory Techniques

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Kevin's College Crumlin

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Course overview

Course Code 5M3807
QQI Award Code 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The course is designed to give students a good understanding and appreciation of the Sciences and provide for the acquisition of relevant laboratory skills. The course also provides students with the opportunity to develop relevant life and work related skills.

What will you Study?

Biology 5N2746
Communications 5N0690
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Mathematics 5N1833
Nutrition 5N2006
Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
Physics 5N1460
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Work Experience 5N1356
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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.
Food Scientist   Food Technologist  
Hazardous Waste Specialist   Engineer  
Production Manager - Engineering   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Toxicologist   Engineer - Chemical  
Engineer - Petroleum   Industrial Chemist  
Molecular Biologist   Engineer - Biochemical  
Biomedical Scientist   Analytical Chemist  
Colour Technologist   Geneticist  
Genetic Engineer   Chemistry Laboratory Technician  
Geochemist   Haematologist  
Fragrance Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Regulatory Affairs Manager   Pharmacologist  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst   Chemist  
Engineer - Production & Process    Biotechnologist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biochemist  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Water Treatment Plant Operator  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Materials Technician  
Metallurgist   Laboratory Manager  
Pharmacist   Immunologist  
Cytogenetic Technologist   Microbiologist  
Genetic Technologist   Laboratory Technician  
Epidemiologist   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Nutritionist   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Engineer - Manufacturing   Statistician / Statistician EU  
Mathematician   Scientist  
Computational Physicist   Particle Physicist  
Laser Physicist   Astronomer / Astrophysicist  
Physicist   Acoustics Physicist  
Engineer - Nanosystems   Science Communicator  
Research Scientist   Engineer - Nuclear  
Gas Engineer   Environmental Chemist  
Botanist   Engineer - Sterilisation  
Engineer - Biomedical   Engineer - Test / Validation  

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.
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Physical & Mathematical Sciences
MedTech
Medical & Healthcare
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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