Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Food Science & Health and Nutrition Studies

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5267 STE4
QQI Award Code 5M5267 Food Science
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course has been designed to prepare learners with the knowledge, practical skills and the experience required to gain employment in the growing food industry. In addition, the course can serve as a means of upskilling for those already employed in this sector. This course will focus on a range of subjects relevant to employment in the field of food science and health. Subjects like Food Processing, Microbiology, Food Chemistry and Food Safety & HACCP will provide the learner with a solid foundation in applications within the food industry.

What will you Study?

The interaction between food and health becoming more and more important in today’s society. This course is designed to equip learners with the relevant knowledge, practical skills and experience necessary to gain employment in the food science industry. The course also welcomes those who are already employed in this area.

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Nutrition 5N2006

Biology 5N2746

Laboratory Skills 5N2751

Food Chemistry 5N2748

Microbiology 5N0737

Food Processing 5N5245

Food Safety & HACCP 5N5266

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
CASFX 5M5267

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

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.