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Physics and Astrophysics

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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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Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects (stars, planets, comets, asteroids) and phenomena (cosmic radiation, dark energy).

Students may specialise in either astrophysics, physics, science education (physics route), applied maths and physics (joint honours), or maths and physics (joint honours).

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From College Website...
CK408 - Physics and Astrophysics

From Qualifax...
CK408 - Physics and Astrophysics
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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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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CELTX    Electronic Technology
CASFX  5M5267  Food Science
CETXX    Electronic Technology

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:
C20048 or 5N1460
C20139 or 5N1833

Plus two of:
C20006 or 5N2746 or C20041 or 5N0737
C20011 or 5N2747
C20016 or 5N1606
C20018 or 5N1774
C20033 or 5N2751

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Course aims to produce graduates with a strong Physics Background but with a specialist knowledge of Astrophysics see college site for details.

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