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Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Science - Pre University

Course Code(s):  5M3807 HK
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education
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Course overview

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

Course Description

The purpose of the course is to prepare learners for entry to first year of a degree course in science or a science-related field in a Higher Education Institution. The course is designed in particular for learners who may not have studied science previously and has a large emphasis on both theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary in Science.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology
Biology 5N2746
Physics 5N1460
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Chemistry 5N2747
Mathematics
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

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Production & Process Engineer   Chemist  
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Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Analytical Chemist  
Biotechnologist   Biochemist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Nutritionist  
Dietician   Materials Technician  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Metallurgist  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Genetic Technologist  
Microbiologist   Pharmacist  
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Epidemiologist   Patent Agent / Attorney  
Materials Scientist / Technologist   Manufacturing Engineer  
Statistician / Statistician EU   Mathematician  
Scientist   Computational Physicist  
Particle Physicist   Laser Physicist  
Astronomer / Astrophysicist   Physicist  
Acoustics Physicist   Nanosystems Engineer  
Science Communicator   Research Scientist  
Nuclear Engineer   Gas Engineer  
Environmental Chemist   Botanist  
Sterilisation Engineer   Biomedical Engineer  
Test / Validation Engineer    

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
Earth Science & Environment
Space Science & Technology
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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