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Applied Science - Forensics

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Course overview

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

Course Description

Forensic Science is defined as any science which is used as evidence in a court of law. This course will provide participants with a broad knowledge of the core sciences and an understanding of the Irish legal system. This course looks at the fundamentals of forensic science, evidence collection and analysis. Students will gain skills in fingerprinting, exposing and lifting prints, analysing hair and fibres, casting foot and tyre prints, blood spatter analysis and DNA profiling. Participants will develop useful skills through hands-on laboratory work as well as an appreciation of the concepts particular to forensics.

What will you Study?

Forensic Science is defined as any science which is used as evidence in a court of law. This course will provide participants with a broad knowledge of the core sciences and an understanding of the Irish legal system. Students explore the fundamentals of forensic science, evidence collection and analysis. Students will gain skills in fingerprinting, exposing and lifting prints, analysing hair and fibres, casting foot and tyre prints, blood spatter analysis and DNA profiling. Participants will develop useful skills through hands-on laboratory work as well as an appreciation of the concepts particular to forensics. Students will also develop skills in problem solving, organisation, team work, effective communication and the use of new technology, an important emphasis is placed on working safely. These skills are relevant to a wide variety of industries and professions including An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces, the State Laboratory and the Forensic Science Laboratory. 


Biology 5N2746
Chemistry 5N2747
Communications 5N0690
Criminal Law 5N3787
Criminology 5N2107
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Mathematics 5N1833
MicroBiology 5N0737
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

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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASLT 5M3807

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Microbiologist   Immunologist  
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Research Scientist   Scientist  
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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
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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