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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3807 5M5267
QQI Award Code 5M5267 Food Science
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This new one year course would both prepare students for the ever expanding world of quality food production. Food scientists play a role in all aspects of the food chain, from production at farm level to the retailer, to the consumer. This course will develop the students knowledge of food production, development, preparation, safe handling and marketing. By changing their combination of modules, students can avail of the science award and continue to third level to study agricultural science. Agricultural Science is the application of science and other disciplines to the production of quality food.

What will you Study?

What is Food Science?

This one year course will give students an introduction to the world of science. Food Science develops your knowledge of how to produce high - quality, safe and nutritious foods for the global market. Food scientists play a role in all aspects of the food chain, from production at farm level to the ratailer, to the consumer.

By changing their combination of modules, students can avail of the science award ad continue to third level to study agricultural science. Agricultural Science is the application of science and other disciplines to the production of quality food.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may pursue science certificate or degree courses in UCD, TCD, DCU, Maynooth University, DIT, IT Blanchardstown, UCC as well as other ITs and colleges around the country or in the UK. For example there are up to 24 places in Maynooth University, 20 places in UCD and 10 places in Trinity in First Science for QQI graduates. Alternatively students may seek immediate employment in a range of companies and projects that seek graduates with a science aptitude.

Food Chemistry 5N2748
Mathematics
Food Processing
Nutrition
MicroBiology 5N0737
Communications 5N0690
Biology 5N2746
Work Experience 5N1356
Laboratory Techniques
Physics 5N1460
Chemistry
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
CASFX 5M5267

To calculate Points based on your QQI award results, use the PLC Points Calculator.

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.
Agricultural Officer   Landscape Architect / Designer  
Biosystems Engineer   Landscape Manager  
Food Scientist   Food Safety Consultant  
Landscape Scientist   Geotechnician  
Food Technologist   Archaeologist  
Arborist   Groundsperson  
Horticultural Scientist   Professional Horse / Event Rider  
Farmer - Dairy   Agricultural Scientist / Agronomist  
Forestry Professional   Greenkeeper / Amenity Horticulturalist  
Cartographer    Brewer  
Horticultural Manager   Agricultural Adviser  
Herd Manager - Dairy   Farm Assistant - Dairy  
Farm Manager   Farmer - Dry Stock  
Garden Centre Worker   Dairy Industry Research Scientist  
Agricultural Engineering Technician   Agricultural Mechanic  
Apiarist / Commercial Bee Keeper   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Medical Scientist   Chemistry Laboratory Technician  
Biochemical Engineer   Flavourist / Food Chemist  
Biomedical Scientist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Colour Technologist   Genetic Engineer  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   Haematologist  
Fragrance Chemist   Petroleum Engineer  
Pharmacologist   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Chemical Engineer   Industrial Chemist / Pharmacist  
Molecular Biologist   Chemist  
Analytical Chemist   Geneticist  
Medicinal Chemist   Toxicologist  
Production & Process Engineer   Geochemist  
Dietitian   Nutritionist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biotechnologist  
Biochemist   Metallurgist  
Materials Technician   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Laboratory Assistant   Pharmacy Technician  
Urban Planning Engineer   Conservation Officer - Nature  
Butcher - Retail   Field trials officer  
Environmental Consultant   Soil Scientist  
Environmental Technician   Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon  
Timber Technologist    

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.
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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