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Food Science

Course Code(s):  5M5267
QQI Award Code:  5M5267 Food Science
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Whitehall College of Further Education

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Course overview

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

Course Description

This programme is aimed at giving students who are interested in working in the food industry knowledge of what is in our food and how food is produced.

What will you Study?

MicroBiology 5N0737
Food Processing
Food Chemistry 5N2748
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Nutrition
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Word Processing 5N1358
Anatomy and Physiology
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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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  
Engineer - Biosystems / Agriculture / Food   Food Technologist  
Geotechnician   Food Safety Consultant  
Landscape Manager   Landscape Scientist  
Food Scientist   Archaeologist  
Dairy Industry Scientist   Farmer - Dairy  
Forester - Professional   Horticultural Scientist  
Cartographer    Arborist  
Agricultural Scientist   Agricultural Adviser  
Brewer   Groundsperson  
Farm Manager   Farmer - Dry Stock  
Horticultural Manager   Apiarist / Commercial Bee Keeper  
Agricultural Mechanic   Agricultural Engineering Technician  
Regulatory Affairs Specialist   Flavourist / Food Chemist  
Biomedical Scientist   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Colour Technologist  
Genetic Engineer   Haematologist  
Medicinal Chemist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Fragrance Chemist   Engineer - Petroleum  
Industrial Chemist   Pharmacologist  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst   Engineer - Chemical  
Chemist   Molecular Biologist  
Analytical Chemist   Geneticist  
Engineer - Biochemical   Geochemist  
Toxicologist   Engineer - Production & Process   
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biotechnologist  
Biochemist   Materials Technician  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Pharmaceutical Technician  
Metallurgist   Engineer - Urban Planning  
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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