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Science - Pre University

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code: 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study science to degree level in university.

What will you Study?

This Pre-University Science course was developed with DCU and DIT to meet the needs of students who wish to study science to degree level in university. The course will cater for three different groups of learners:

  • Students who did not obtain the required Leaving Certificate points for their chosen Science course,
  • Students who wish to acquire a foundation in Science subject areas and Mathematics before entry to University,
  • Adult returnees to education.
Laboratory Techniques
Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Mathematics
ECDL
Study Skills
Communications
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.

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