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The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Laboratory Techniques - Pre-University Science Course

Course Code(s):  5M3807
QQI Award Code:  5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Drogheda Institute of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3807
QQI Award Code 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This comprehensive course aims to provide students with both the knowledge and practical skills necessary to access science based degree programmes (including sports science) in both Institutes of Technology and Universities Nationally.

What will you Study?

Biology 5N2746
Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry 5N2747
Physics 5N1460
Mathematics
Laboratory Techniques
Computer Applications
Nutrition
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Communications 5N0690
Work Preparation and Experience
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASLT 5M3807

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Sample Careers

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Engineer - Petroleum   Industrial Chemist  
Molecular Biologist   Engineer - Biochemical  
Biomedical Scientist   Analytical Chemist  
Colour Technologist   Geneticist  
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Fragrance Chemist   Medicinal Chemist  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Regulatory Affairs Officer  
Regulatory Affairs Manager   Pharmacologist  
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst   Chemist  
Engineer - Production & Process    Biotechnologist  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biochemist  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Water Treatment Plant Operator  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Materials Technician  
Metallurgist   Laboratory Manager  
Pharmacist   Immunologist  
Cytogenetic Technologist   Microbiologist  
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Physicist   Acoustics Physicist  
Engineer - Nanosystems   Science Communicator  
Research Scientist   Engineer - Nuclear  
Gas Engineer   Environmental Chemist  
Botanist   Engineer - Sterilisation  
Engineer - Biomedical   Engineer - Test / Validation  

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
Physical & Mathematical Sciences
MedTech
Medical & Healthcare
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.

Ratio of Male to Female participants:

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Grades Recieved:

source: QQI