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Food Science & Health and Nutrition Studies

Course Code(s):  5M5267 STE4
QQI Award Code:  5M5267 Food Science
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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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

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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   Geotechnician  
Food Safety Consultant   Landscape Manager  
Landscape Scientist   Food Scientist  
Food Technologist   Archaeologist  
Farmer - Dairy   Horticultural Manager  
Forestry Professional   Cartographer   
Arborist   Agricultural Scientist / Agronomist  
Agricultural Adviser   Horticultural Scientist  
Brewer   Farm Manager  
Farmer - Dry Stock   Dairy Industry Research Scientist  
Groundsperson   Apiarist / Commercial Bee Keeper  
Agricultural Engineering Technician   Agricultural Mechanic  
Regulatory Affairs Specialist   Biochemical Engineer  
Petroleum Engineer   Flavourist / Food Chemist  
Biomedical Scientist   Chemistry Laboratory Technician  
Colour Technologist   Genetic Engineer  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   Medicinal Chemist  
Haematologist   Fragrance Chemist  
Regulatory Affairs Manager   Geochemist  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst   Pharmacologist  
Chemical Engineer   Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist  
Molecular Biologist   Analytical Chemist  
Geneticist   Production & Process Engineer  
Toxicologist   Chemist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biochemist  
Biotechnologist   Dietician  
Nutritionist   Metallurgist  
Materials Technician   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Urban Planning Engineer  
Conservation Officer - Nature   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)

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