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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Science - Applied Science - Pharmacy Studies

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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North Kerry College of Further Education

North Kerry College of Further Education
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This course has a dual purpose of being a preparatory science course for those wishing to progress to further study or alternatively as a preparation for employment in a pharmacy.

Students who complete this course will graduate with a good mix of science, retail and knowledge of cosmetics. Completion of the course will allow students to either progress to further study in a science related area or to apply for employment in the Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical area.

What will you Study?

Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Mathematics
Biology 5N2746
Chemistry 5N2747
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Retail Selling 5N1619
Skin Care, Eye Treatments and Make Up
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
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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Related Career Sectors

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Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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