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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


Food Science

Code:  5M5267
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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What is Food Science?

This one year course will give students an introduction to the world of science. Food Science develops your knowledge of how to produce high - quality, safe and nutritious foods for the global market. Food scientists play a role in all aspects of the food chain, from production at farm level to the ratailer, to the consumer.

By changing their combination of modules, students can avail of the science award ad continue to third level to study agricultural science. Agricultural Science is the application of science and other disciplines to the production of quality food.

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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Science / Agricultural Science - Pre University Dunboyne College of Further Education 

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 Technologist   Geotechnician  
Food Safety Consultant   Landscape Manager  
Landscape Scientist   Food Scientist  
Archaeologist   Agricultural Adviser  
Horticultural Scientist   Forester - Professional  
Dairy Industry Scientist   Brewer  
Agricultural Scientist   Horticultural Manager  
Apiarist / Commercial Bee Keeper   Agricultural Engineering Technician  
Agricultural Mechanic   Regulatory Affairs Specialist  
Chemistry Laboratory Technician   Biomedical Scientist  
Colour Technologist   Genetic Engineer  
Haematologist   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   Fragrance Chemist  
Flavourist / Food Chemist   Engineer - Biochemical  
Engineer - Petroleum   Engineer - Chemical  
Pharmacologist   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Engineer - Production & Process    Industrial Chemist  
Molecular Biologist   Analytical Chemist  
Geneticist   Chemist  
Toxicologist   Medicinal Chemist  
Geochemist   Biochemist  
Biotechnologist   Biological / Microbiological Scientist  
Materials Technician   Biology Laboratory Technician  
Pharmaceutical Technician   Metallurgist  
Engineer - Urban Planning   Conservation Officer - Nature  
Field trials officer   Environmental Consultant  
Soil Scientist    

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.
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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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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