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Pre Third-level Science

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course prepares students who wish to study Science-related courses at third level, especially if they have only one or two Science subjects in the Leaving Certificate

What will you Study?

Biology 5N2746
Computer Applications
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work
Chemistry 5N2747
Communications 5N0690
Physics 5N1460
Work Experience 5N1356
Mathematics
Laboratory Techniques
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

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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.
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