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Applied Science with Environmental Studies

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

St. John's Central College
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course covers the core science modules Physics, Chemistry and Biology along with with Mathematics, Environmental Science and support studies. It will provide students with a solid foundation to study any third level science course.

What will you Study?

Chemistry 5N2747
Biology 5N2746
Physics 5N1460
Mathematics
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Environmental Studies
MicroBiology 5N0737
Communications 5N0690
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
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  
Engineer   Engineering Production Manager  
Regulatory Affairs Specialist   Chemist  
Fragrance Chemist   Toxicologist  
Chemical Engineer   Geochemist  
Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist   Molecular Biologist  
Analytical Chemist   Haematologist  
Geneticist   Genetic Engineer  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Production & Process Engineer  
Medicinal Chemist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Petroleum Engineer   Colour Technologist  
Biochemical Engineer   Pharmacologist  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Biomedical Scientist  
Biotechnologist   Biochemist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Metallurgist   Materials Technician  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Laboratory Manager  
Genetic Technologist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Epidemiologist   Pharmacist  
Microbiologist   Immunologist  
Laboratory Technician   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Nutritionist   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Manufacturing Engineer   Statistician / Statistician EU  
Scientist   Astronomer / Astrophysicist  
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
Earth Science & Environment
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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