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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

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2 Years
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The course is focused on developing students’ knowledge, skills and competence in core areas of analytical science, biochemistry and microbiology, while providing the flexibility to specialise in areas of elective choice. These choices include medical biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, environmental science and occupational safety and health. The programme emphasises hands-on, practical laboratory science and is designed as a foundation course, delivering the key analytical science skill sets demanded by employers.

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There are elective choices in year 2 that allow specialisation in biomedical, environmental and pharmaceutical science.

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SG401 - Science
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SG401 - Science
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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Essential Module Requirements:
C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or LCE Maths

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Graduates take up employment opportunities as technical scientists in a wide range of industries and government sectors, including the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, medical diagnostic, food and beverage and biotechnology sectors. Graduates also work with public agencies as analysts in a broad range of roles, including environmental analysis.

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