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I would advise any college student considering a career in tax to undertake a summer internship or placement in a firm offering tax services. I found this an excellent way to understand what a job in tax would actually involve. Researching careers in tax online also shows the endless and exciting opportunities that a tax qualification can offer. I have found the more I have learned about tax, the more I understand how varied roles in tax can be.

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Biological and Chemical Sciences

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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This course is designed to foster an inter-disciplinary approach across a wide range of biological, biotechnology, medical, chemical, pharmaceutical and ecological research areas. There is a general first year programme which covers basic science for all subjects. There are eight degree options within this course.

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Entry to the following degree courses takes place at the beginning of Second Year:

Chemistry; Chemistry with Forensic Science; Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds; Science Education (Chemistry or Biology route);

For those wishing to go down the road of a Biological Science degree, you make your decision at the end of Second Year for the remainder of degree courses:

Biochemistry; Microbiology; Neuroscience; Physiology

The subjects that you will study from Second Year onwards depend upon which programme you enter from the options above. Please see the individual course information pages for details of each of these programmes.

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CK402 - Biological and Chemical Sciences

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CK402 - Biological and Chemical Sciences
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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Essential Module Requirements:

Must have distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification which must include four of the following modules:
C20006 or 5N2746 or C20041 or 5N0737
C20139 or 5N1833

And two of:
C20011 or 5N2747
C20033 or 5N2751
C20048 or 5N1460

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Careers are available in research and product development, quality control, technical management, marketing, and distribution management in pharmaceutical, chemical and the food industry.

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Fergus O'Connell 2
BioPharmachem Ireland
Fergus works as a Senior Quality Officer in Teva Pharmaceuticals in Waterford. He completed his Leaving Cert with three Science subjects and went on to University College Cork to complete a degree in Microbiology. He started in Teva as a QA (Quality Assurance) Analyst and worked up to his current position.
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Michael Bohane 2
BioPharmachem Ireland
Michael Bohane works as a QA Manager for Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland based in Waterford. Following his Leaving Cert he did a BSc and then a MSc in Biochemistry in UCC. He also did a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practice (QP Qualification) allowing him to function as a QP and release product to market.
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This course prepares people for work relating to the following Career Sectors. Click to explore more...

Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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