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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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASLT 5M3807

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Further Research

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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 Technologist   Food Scientist  
Engineer   Engineering Production Manager  
Gas Distribution Worker   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist   Chemical Engineer  
Genetic Engineer   Haematologist  
Molecular Biologist   Colour Technologist  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Biomedical Scientist  
Analytical Chemist   Biochemical Engineer  
Petroleum Engineer   Geneticist  
Geochemist   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Toxicologist   Production & Process Engineer  
Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Regulatory Affairs Manager   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Pharmacologist  
Medical Scientist   Fragrance Chemist  
Nutritionist   Biochemist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Dietitian  
Biotechnologist   Materials Technician  
Laboratory Assistant   Pharmacy Technician  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Metallurgist  
Laboratory Technician   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Epidemiologist   Pharmacist  
Microbiologist   Laboratory Manager  
Genetic Technologist   Immunologist  
Patent Agent / Attorney   Materials Scientist / Technologist  
Manufacturing Engineer   Statistician / Statistician EU  
Mathematician   Acoustics Physicist  
Computational Physicist   Particle Physicist  
Laser Physicist   Nuclear Engineer  
Physicist   Nanosystems Engineer  
Research Scientist   Astronomer / Astrophysicist  
Science Communicator   Scientist  
Environmental Chemist   Gas Engineer  
Botanist   Sterilisation Engineer  
Test / Validation Engineer   Biomedical 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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