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Science & Laboratory Techniques

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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.
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. 

What will you Study?

Mathematics (5N1833)
Communications (5N0690)
Anatomy & Physiology (5N0749)
Biology (5N2746)
Laboratory Skills (5N2751)
Physics (5N1460)
Chemistry (5N2747)
Microbiology (5N0737)
Word Processing (5N1358)







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

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
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  
Agricultural Scientist    Hazardous Waste Specialist  
Engineer   Gas Distribution Worker  
Engineering Production Manager   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Molecular Biologist  
Biochemical Engineer   Haematologist  
Biomedical Scientist   Petroleum Engineer  
Genetic Engineer   Analytical Chemist  
Geochemist   Geneticist  
Toxicologist   Colour Technologist  
Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Production & Process Engineer   Chemist  
Medical Scientist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Pharmacologist   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Chemical Engineer   Fragrance Chemist  
Dietitian   Fisheries Biologist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biotechnologist  
Biochemist   Nutritionist  
Laboratory Assistant   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Chemical Plant Process Technician   Pharmacy Technician  
Materials Technician   Water Treatment Plant Operator  
Metallurgist   Genetic Technologist  
Epidemiologist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Pharmacist   Laboratory Manager  
Microbiologist   Laboratory Technician  
Immunologist   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Materials Scientist / Technologist   Manufacturing Engineer  
Research Scientist   Nanosystems Engineer  
Scientist   Science Communicator  
Environmental Chemist   Gas Engineer  
Botanist   Biomedical Engineer  
Medical Physicist   Polymer Engineer  
Test / Validation Engineer   Sterilisation Engineer  
Quality 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
MedTech & Biochemical Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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