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Science & Laboratory Techniques

Course Code(s):  5M3807 CI061FO
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3807 CI061FO
QQI Award Code 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is ideally suited for students who are interested in progressing to a third level course in a science related discipline. Modules taught include the core science subjects - Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. The Mathematics module is accepted for entry to higher education courses. These modules (along with IT skills) form the basis of all first year third level science programmes. In addition, students study microbiology and anatomy and physiology, which will give students a firm foundation upon which to start their college career and a distinct advantage over students entering directly from school. The majority of our graduates progress to further study in higher education.

What will you Study?

The science sector is a stable and strong contributor to the Irish economy, employing over 24,000 people, most of whom hold a third-level qualification. This sector has seen growth in exports and jobs even during the worst of the recent recession. This course is ideally suited for students who are interested in progressing to a third level course in a science related discipline. Modules taught include the core science subjects - Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. The Mathematics module is accepted for entry to higher education courses. These modules (along with IT skills) form the basis of all first year third level science programmes. In addition, students study microbiology and anatomy and physiology, which will give students a firm foundation upon which to start their college career and a distinct advantage over students entering directly from school. 

Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Biology 5N2746
Chemistry 5N2747
Communications 5N0690
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Mathematics 5N1833
MicroBiology 5N0737
Physics 5N1460
Word Processing 5N1358
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

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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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASLT 5M3807

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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
MedTech & Biochemical Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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