The Higher Certificate in Applied Science students will gain valuable hands-on experience in the laboratory as well being able to explore their scientific interests. Graduates of the Higher Certificate can then progress to one of three ordinary degree programmes namely, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical sciences and Forensic Toxicology. A number of AIT graduates who started out on this route have progressed to Masters and PhD degrees.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
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 sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
As a graduate you are eligible to apply for the following Level 7 programmes for the third year of your studies:
- BSc in Biotechnology
- BSc in Forensic Toxicology
- BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development & Analysis).
Additionally, there are add-on level 8 degree programmes in Biotechnology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Sciences for level 7 graduates who wish to obtain an honours degree in science.
Alternatively, you may progress to related Level 7 programmes at other third-level institutions.