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Laboratory Techniques / Applied Science

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Kerry College of Further Education

Kerry College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

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

Course Description

The purpose of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence necessary to pursue a career in laboratory science. There is a constant demand for qualified people to work in this sector. It is also targeting those interested in acquiring a science award in order to gain access to third level science programmes.

What will you Study?

Laboratory Techniques
MicroBiology 5N0737
Biology 5N2746
Chemistry 5N2747
Mathematics
First Aid
Word Processing 5N1358
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  
Hazardous Waste Specialist   Engineer  
Production Manager - Engineering   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Toxicologist   Engineer - Chemical  
Engineer - Petroleum   Industrial Chemist  
Molecular Biologist   Engineer - Biochemical  
Biomedical Scientist   Analytical Chemist  
Colour Technologist   Geneticist  
Genetic Engineer   Chemistry Laboratory Technician  
Geochemist   Haematologist  
Fragrance Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Regulatory Affairs Manager   Pharmacologist  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst   Chemist  
Engineer - Production & Process    Biotechnologist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biochemist  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Water Treatment Plant Operator  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Materials Technician  
Metallurgist   Laboratory Manager  
Pharmacist   Immunologist  
Cytogenetic Technologist   Microbiologist  
Genetic Technologist   Laboratory Technician  
Epidemiologist   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Nutritionist   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Engineer - Manufacturing   Statistician / Statistician EU  
Mathematician   Scientist  
Computational Physicist   Particle Physicist  
Laser Physicist   Astronomer / Astrophysicist  
Physicist   Acoustics Physicist  
Engineer - Nanosystems   Science Communicator  
Research Scientist   Engineer - Nuclear  
Gas Engineer   Environmental Chemist  
Botanist   Engineer - Sterilisation  
Engineer - Biomedical   Engineer - Test / Validation  

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
MedTech
Medical & Healthcare
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