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This is a great career for challenging and strategic work, and also allows you a great opportunity to travel if that interests you.

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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Common Entry into 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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If you like science, have an analytical mind and are competent in mathematics but unsure about which area of science to choose this common entry course is for you.

This course covers an introduction to biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Students can then choose one of the following: Analytical Science (DC161), Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DC162), Environmental Science and Technology (DC166), Physics with Astronomy (DC167), Applied Physics (DC171) Physics with Biomedical Sciences (DC173), Genetics and Cell Biology (DC168).

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DC201 - Common Entry into Science

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DC201 - Common Entry into 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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CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
  6M0695  Computer Systems and Networks
  5M0536  Computer Systems and Networks
  5M0529  Software Development

Essential Module Requirements:

Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules:
C20011 or 5N2747
C20006 or 5N2746
C20048 or 5N1460
C20139 or 5N1833
C20033 or 5N2751

and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833

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