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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.
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Applied Laboratory Techniques

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This is a one-year full time course. The course will give students scientific & technical knowledge which will assist students in gaining admission to University and ITs. It is also suitable for individuals who wish to enhance their chances of employment in the pharmaceutical industry.

What will you Study?

Biology 5N2746
Chemistry 5N2747
Food Processing
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Mathematics
MicroBiology 5N0737
Nutrition
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  
Hazardous Waste Specialist   Engineer  
Engineering Production Manager   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Manufacturing Production Manager   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Manager  
Chemical Engineer   Biochemical Engineer  
Pharmacologist   Colour Technologist  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst   Biomedical Scientist  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Haematologist  
Genetic Engineer   Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist  
Molecular Biologist   Geneticist  
Analytical Chemist   Production & Process Engineer  
Chemist   Toxicologist  
Regulatory Affairs Manager   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Fragrance Chemist   Geochemist  
Petroleum Engineer   Biotechnologist  
Biochemist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Metallurgist  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Materials Technician  
Water Treatment Plant Operator   Medical Secretary  
Medical Records Clerk   Manager - Hospital / Healthcare  
Clinical Trials Scientist   Optician  
Orthoptist   Oncologist  
Orthodontist   Perfusionist  
Optometrist   Genetic Technologist  
Gastroenterologist   Forensic Pathologist  
Epidemiologist   Clinical / Medical Technologist  
Diagnostic Radiologist   Reflexologist  
Surgeon - Oral   Dentist - Periodontist  
Radiologist - Radiation Therapist   Ophthalmologist  
Neuroscientist   Embryologist  
Cytogenetic Technologist   Neurologist  
Naturopath   Surgeon   
Laboratory Manager   Phlebotomist  
Microbiologist   Audiologist  
Osteopath   Paediatrician  
Psychiatrist   Pharmacist  
Laboratory Technician   Homeopath  
Immunologist   Herbalist  
Coroner   Anaesthetist  
Dentist - General   Obstetrician / Gynaecologist  
Podiatrist / Chiropodist   Doctor / GP  
Dietician   Health and Safety Inspector  
Medical Laboratory Assistant   Medical Laboratory Technician  
Therapeutic Radiographer   Dental Technician  
Neurophysiology Technician   Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist  
Anatomical Pathology Technician   Public Health Nurse  
General Nurse (RGN)   Nurse Midwife  
Nurse Practitioner - Advanced   Nurse Tutor  
Chiropractor   Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician  

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
Medical & Healthcare
MedTech
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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