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Physiology and Health Science

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Enniscorthy Vocational College

Enniscorthy Vocational College
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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 prepares students who wish to study Sports Science and Health Science courses at third level. Students can also avail of our Higher Education links as outlined below.

What will you Study?

Biology 5N2746
Anatomy and Physiology
Physics 5N1460
Exercise and Fitness 5N2668
Chemistry 5N2747
Communications 5N0690
Laboratory Skills 5N2751
Work Experience 5N1356
First Aid (Certified)
FAI Coaching Course (Optional)
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

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Related Career Sectors

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Medical & Healthcare
Leisure, Sport & Fitness
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.