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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

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Applied Science - Forensics

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

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
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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASLT 5M3807

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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