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Applied Laboratory Techniques

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Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE

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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
MicroBiology 5N0737
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 Scientist   Food Technologist  
Hazardous Waste Specialist   Engineer  
Engineering Production Manager   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Manager  
Regulatory Affairs Specialist   Manufacturing Production Manager  
Chemical Engineer   Biomedical Scientist  
Petroleum Engineer   Biochemical Engineer  
Molecular Biologist   Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Colour Technologist  
Pharmacologist   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Haematologist   Genetic Engineer  
Analytical Chemist   Fragrance Chemist  
Toxicologist   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Regulatory Affairs Manager   Flavourist / Food Chemist  
Geochemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Chemist   Production & Process Engineer  
Geneticist   Medical Scientist  
Biotechnologist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
Dietitian   Biochemist  
Nutritionist   Pharmacy Technician  
Chemical Plant Process Technician   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Water Treatment Plant Operator   Metallurgist  
Laboratory Assistant   Materials Technician  
Emergency Medical Dispatcher   Medical Secretary  
Medical Records Clerk   Emergency Medical Call Taker - EMCT  
Optician   Clinical Trials Scientist  
Manager - Hospital / Healthcare   Genetic Technologist  
Forensic Pathologist   Epidemiologist  
Oncologist   Phlebotomist  
Gastroenterologist   Ophthalmologist  
Dentist - Periodontist   Clinical / Medical Technologist  
Perfusionist   Reflexologist  
Radiologist - Radiation Therapist   Neuroscientist  
Cytogenetic Technologist   Radiologist - Diagnostic   
Laboratory Manager   Surgeon - Oral  
Embryologist   Anaesthetist  
Audiologist   Pharmacist  
Psychiatrist   Obstetrician / Gynaecologist  
Paediatrician   Osteopath  
Microbiologist   Laboratory Technician  
Homeopath   Doctor / GP  
Dentist - Oral Surgeon   Podiatrist / Chiropodist  
Surgeon    Orthoptist  
Neurologist   Optometrist  
Naturopath   Immunologist  
Herbalist   Coroner  
Orthodontist   Dental Technician  
Radiographer - Therapeutic   Anatomical Pathology Technician  
Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist   Physiologist - Clinical Measurement  
Medical Laboratory Assistant   Health and Safety Inspector  
Embalmer   Lactation Consultant  

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 & Biochemical Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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