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Course Code:
MH201
Title:
Science
College:
NUI Maynooth
Qualification:
Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
Duration:
3 - 4 Years

 

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Science students must take maths and three other subjects from: biology, chemistry, computer science, experimental physics, or mathematics and physics in their first year.



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The vast majority of science graduates enter a wide variety of careers which might not come to mind immediately (e. g. , currency trader, meteorologist, software engineer, statistician) but which require the analytical approach developed in studying for a degree in science.

 

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CAO Points 
2013 Points

410

Change from 2012: 

-5

History:

2012 - 415
2011 - 375
2010 - 365
2009 - 350
2008 - 320
2007 - 305
2006 - 300
2005 - 310
2004 - 310
2003 - 310
2002 - 305
2001 - 300
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Brian Howard works as a Guidance Councellor in Newbridge College in Kildare. He attended secondary school in Patrician College Newbridge. Following his Leaving Certificate he went on to do a B.Sc in NUI Maynooth. After completing his H-Dip he spent 5 years teaching Maths and Science before embarking on the Higher Diploma in School Guidance and Councelling in NUI Maynooth.
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Essential Module Requirements:

Five Distinctions which must include:

  • C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 (or OC3/HD3 in LCE Maths)


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