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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
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 Technologist   Food Scientist  
Hazardous Waste Specialist   Engineer  
Engineering Production Manager   Manufacturing Production Manager  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Manager   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist   Chemical Engineer  
Molecular Biologist   Pharmacologist  
Genetic Engineer   Biomedical Scientist  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Colour Technologist   Biochemical Engineer  
Petroleum Engineer   Geneticist  
Production & Process Engineer   Chemist  
Toxicologist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   Analytical Chemist  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Fragrance Chemist   Geochemist  
Haematologist   Biotechnologist  
Nutritionist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
Dietician   Biochemist  
Metallurgist   Pharmaceutical Technician  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Water Treatment Plant Operator  
Materials Technician   Medical Secretary  
Medical Records Clerk   Optician  
Clinical Trials Scientist   Manager - Hospital / Healthcare  
Gastroenterologist   Genetic Technologist  
Embryologist   Oncologist  
Orthoptist   Orthodontist  
Forensic Pathologist   Epidemiologist  
Clinical / Medical Technologist   Perfusionist  
Reflexologist   Diagnostic Radiologist  
Radiologist - Radiation Therapist   Surgeon - Oral  
Dentist - Periodontist   Neuroscientist  
Ophthalmologist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Optometrist   Dentist - General  
Audiologist   Anaesthetist  
Psychiatrist   Doctor / GP  
Pharmacist   Paediatrician  
Osteopath   Microbiologist  
Podiatrist / Chiropodist   Laboratory Manager  
Laboratory Technician   Homeopath  
Obstetrician / Gynaecologist   Phlebotomist  
Surgeon    Coroner  
Herbalist   Immunologist  
Naturopath   Neurologist  
Medical Laboratory Technician   Therapeutic Radiographer  
Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist   Medical Laboratory Assistant  
Dental Technician   Health and Safety Inspector  
Anatomical Pathology Technician   Neurophysiology Technician  
Intellectual Disability Nurse    General Nurse (RGN)  
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist   Children's Nurse   
Nurse Tutor   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 & Biochemical Engineering
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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