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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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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


Science / Agricultural Science - Pre University

Code:  5M3807
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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What is Pre University Science?

This one year course is designed to give students an introduction to the world of science and covers a variety of areas related to laboratory or physical science. The mathematics element allows students to bring their mathematics levels up to the competence relevant to their intended third level course. Students will also have the option to study other modules along with science to shape their qualification for entry to their desired course or area of employment.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates may pursue science certificate or degree courses in UCD, TCD, DCU, Maynooth University, DIT, IT Blanchardstown, UCC as well as other ITs and colleges around the country or in the UK. For example there are up to 24 places in Maynooth University, 20 places in UCD and 10 places in Trinity in First Science for QQI graduates. Alternatively students may seek immediate employment in a range of companies and projects that seek graduates with a science aptitude.

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Landscape Architect / Designer   Engineer - Biosystems / Agriculture / Food  
Food Scientist   Landscape Scientist  
Landscape Manager   Geotechnician  
Food Technologist   Archaeologist  
Food Safety Consultant   Horticultural Scientist  
Forester - Professional   Agricultural Scientist  
Horticultural Manager   Dairy Industry Scientist  
Brewer   Agricultural Adviser  
Apiarist / Commercial Bee Keeper   Agricultural Engineering Technician  
Agricultural Mechanic   Engineer  
Production Manager - Engineering   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Genetic Engineer   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Toxicologist   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Geochemist   Engineer - Petroleum  
Engineer - Biochemical   Flavourist / Food Chemist  
Medicinal Chemist   Fragrance Chemist  
Haematologist   Biomedical Scientist  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Colour Technologist  
Industrial Chemist   Geneticist  
Engineer - Production & Process    Chemist  
Pharmacologist   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Engineer - Chemical   Molecular Biologist  
Analytical Chemist   Biotechnologist  
Biochemist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Materials Technician  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Metallurgist  
Microbiologist   Pharmacist  
Genetic Technologist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Epidemiologist   Laboratory Manager  
Laboratory Technician   Immunologist  
Patent Agent / Attorney   Nutritionist  
Materials Scientist / Technologist   Engineer - Manufacturing  
Science Communicator   Engineer - Nanosystems  
Scientist   Research Scientist  
Gas Engineer   Environmental Chemist  
Botanist   Engineer - Test / Validation  
Engineer - Biomedical   Engineer - Sterilisation  

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
Earth Science & Environment
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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CAO with any QQI Major Award

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