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Course Description

The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge skill and competence to work independently and under supervision in a science laboratory with a focus on diet and nutrition and or to progress to further and or higher education and training.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Dietetics
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Nutrition
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment.  This allows students to create links with employers. 

Career Opportunities

On completion of this Programme, learners may pursue a variety of roles in the biopharma, cosmetic science, food science, physical and mathematical sciences, medical devices, education and research, environmental science, human biology and health sectors.

Work placement / work experience may be a core feature/element of programmes in this field facilitating the enhancement of employability and transversal skills.

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Laboratory Techniques (5M3807)

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