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Laboratory Techniques - Pre-University Science Course

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Drogheda Institute of Further Education


 
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This comprehensive course aims to provide students with both the knowledge and practical skills necessary to access science based degree programmes (including sports science) in both Institutes of Technology and Universities Nationally.

What will you Study?

Biology 5N2746
Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry 5N2747
Physics 5N1460
Mathematics
Laboratory Techniques
Computer Applications
Nutrition
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Communications 5N0690
Work Preparation and Experience
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Progression to CAO Courses

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CASLT 5M3807

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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  
Engineering Production Manager   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Fragrance Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Petroleum Engineer   Chemical Engineer  
Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist   Molecular Biologist  
Toxicologist   Analytical Chemist  
Haematologist   Genetic Engineer  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   Production & Process Engineer  
Chemist   Geochemist  
Geneticist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Biomedical Scientist   Chemistry Laboratory Technician  
Colour Technologist   Biochemical Engineer  
Pharmacologist   Nutritionist  
Dietician   Biotechnologist  
Biochemist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
Water Treatment Plant Operator   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Metallurgist   Pharmaceutical Technician  
Materials Technician   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Laboratory Manager   Microbiologist  
Pharmacist   Epidemiologist  
Laboratory Technician   Genetic Technologist  
Immunologist   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Materials Scientist / Technologist   Manufacturing Engineer  
Statistician / Statistician EU   Astronomer / Astrophysicist  
Scientist   Computational Physicist  
Particle Physicist   Laser Physicist  
Physicist   Mathematician  
Acoustics Physicist   Nanosystems Engineer  
Science Communicator   Research Scientist  
Nuclear Engineer   Gas Engineer  
Environmental Chemist   Botanist  
Sterilisation Engineer   Biomedical Engineer  
Test / Validation Engineer    

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 & Biochemical Engineering
Medical & Healthcare
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