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Food Science

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Pearse College of Further Education

Pearse College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5267
QQI Award Code 5M5267 Food Science
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

What will you Study?

Mathematics (5N1833)
Communications (5N0690)
Nutrition (5N2006)
Biology (5N2746)
Food Chemistry (5N2748)
Microbiology (5N0737)
Food Processing (5N5245)

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASFX 5M5267

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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.
Land Manager   Agricultural Officer  
Landscape Architect / Designer   Food Scientist  
Food Technologist   Geotechnician  
Landscape Manager   Landscape Scientist  
Food Safety Consultant   Archaeologist  
Biosystems Engineer   Forestry Professional  
Cartographer    Tree Surgeon/Arborist  
Farmer - Dairy   Agricultural Scientist   
Agricultural Scientist / Agronomist   Greenkeeper / Amenity Horticulturalist  
Horticultural Scientist   Farm Assistant - Dairy  
Herd Manager - Dairy   Animal Nutritionist/Feed Nutritionist  
Professional Horse / Event Rider   Garden Centre Worker  
Farm Manager   Farmer - Dry Stock  
Dairy Industry Research Scientist   Brewer  
Groundsperson   Horticultural Manager  
Agricultural Adviser   Agricultural Engineer  
Agricultural Technician   Agricultural Mechanic  
Apiarist / Commercial Bee Keeper   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Colour Technologist   Chemistry Laboratory Technician  
Biomedical Scientist   Petroleum Engineer  
Toxicologist   Genetic Engineer  
Regulatory Affairs Manager   Haematologist  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   Chemist  
Production & Process Engineer   Medicinal Chemist  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Medical Scientist  
Fragrance Chemist   Analytical Chemist  
Geneticist   Molecular Biologist  
Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist   Chemical Engineer  
Geochemist   Biochemical Engineer  
Pharmacologist   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Nutritionist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
Biochemist   Fisheries Biologist  
Dietitian   Biotechnologist  
Metallurgist   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Laboratory Assistant   Pharmacy Technician  
Materials Technician   Urban Planning Engineer  
Conservation Officer - Nature   Butcher - Retail  
Veterinary Practitioner / Surgeon   Veterinary Nurse  
Gamekeeper   Animal Breeder  
Field Trials Officer   Environmental Consultant  
Soil Scientist   Environmental Technician  
Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon   Timber Technologist  

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.
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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