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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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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.

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASLT 5M3807

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

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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