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If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Biological, Earth and Environmental 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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Environmental science involves the study of how our environment functions and how peoples behaviour can change this functioning (for example through pollution and habitat destruction).

Students can specialise in topics such as applied ecology, earth science, plant biotechnology, geography, science education (biology route), geology and zoology.

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BSc Environmental and Earth System Science at UCC - A Student's Perspective with Fionnuala Joyce

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CK404 - Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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CK404 - Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CASFX  5M5267  Food Science

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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Many students graduating with the Environmental Science/Studies degree will be seeking to put their skills to use within the industrial sector by taking responsibility for environmental monitoring, assessment or management. The multi-disciplinary nature of the subject qualifies graduates particularly well for posts of environmental officers within industry or local government, where they would take responsibility for helping their employers meet environmental obligations under national and international law.

The range of practical experience gained in several environmental disciplines over the full degree programme also makes graduates highly suitable for the growing field of environmental consultancy. Environmental consultants work in all areas of the environment, often helping assess the impact of existing and proposed developments, assessing means of minimising the environmental impacts of industrial processes and carrying out the associated monitoring of air, soil and water.

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