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Food Science

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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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Food science focuses on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of food along the production chain, from its production on a farm to being eaten.

This course first covers the basic sciences, before focusing on the food sciences (food chemistry, microbiology and nutrition) and related disciplines, including biochemistry, biostatistics and process engineering principles. There is a six-month paid work placement in industry at the end of the third year examinations.

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From College Website...
CK505 - Food Science

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CK505 - Food Science
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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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CASFX  5M5267  Food Science
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques

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:
C20139 or 5N1833

Plus three of:
C20006 or 5N2746 or C20041 or 5N0737
C20011 or 5N2747 or C20022 or 5N2748
C20024 or 5N5245
C20033 or 5N2751
C20048 or 5N1460
C20140 or 5N2006

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Graduate will have combined skills in chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, engineering and business, and is well qualified to work in many areas of the food industry, for example, product development, production management and technical sales.

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