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Forensics - Applied Science

Course Code(s):  5M3807 HS
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course will provide participants with a broad knowledge of the core sciences and an understanding of the Irish legal system. Participants will develop useful skills through hands on laboratory work as well as an appreciation of the concepts particular to forensics.

Students will also develop skills in problem solving organization, team work, effective communication and the use of technology. These skills are relevant to a wide variety of industries and professions including in an Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces, State Laboratory and the forensic science laboratory.

What will you Study?

Forensics
MicroBiology 5N0737
Criminal Law 5N3787
Criminology 5N2107
Biology 5N2746
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Chemistry 5N2747
Mathematics
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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Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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