Applied Science – Laboratory Techniques
Ireland’s pharmaceutical industry offers a wide range of products and services developed from research. Approximately 120 overseas companies have plants in Ireland including 9 of the 10 largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Personnel with scientific knowledge in areas such as chemistry, biology, microbiology and laboratory analytical skills are essential for this industry sector.
The main focus of this course is to enhance the scientific knowledge and laboratory skills of the participants in a range of applied science fields. This course has assisted many graduates to progress to Higher Education in Ireland or the UK. Graduates have also used it to gain employment in the pharmaceutical industry.
QQI Level 5
Laboratory Techniques: 5M3807
This is a full time one year course.
Leaving Certificate or equivalent, ideally a minimum of a pass in Mathematics at Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate. For mature applicants experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications. Suitable candidates who show aptitude for the course will be selected by interview.
The following subjects may be offered:
Designed to develop an understanding of biology and an ability to perform practical tasks in biology.
- Food Chemistry
Designed to develop an understanding of basic and analytical chemistry and the fundamentals of food chemistry.
Designed to develop an understanding of the industrial and practical applications of chemistry.
- Food Processing
Describes the processes used in the food industry to produce selected food products and explains the scientific principles underpinning these processes.
- Laboratory Skills
Outlines basic laboratory techniques and safety measures important in an analytical laboratory.
Applies a broad range of mathematical skills and tools to a wide variety of contexts, with theoretical understanding.
Outlines the fundamentals of microbiology and basic microbiological skills used in a laboratory setting.
The study of the nutritional composition of food and the effects of food and nutrition on an individual’s health and personal well being.
Equips students for presentations, report writing and interviews.
- Work Experience
The purpose of this subject is to equip the learner with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction.
The pharmaceutical industry is one of Ireland’s largest employers and have a large potential for employment. Job opportunities for students who complete this course include: Laboratory assistants, Operators pharmaceutical industries.
390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
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- Nutritional Science (CK504)
- Chemical Sciences (CK406)
- Nutrition and Health Science (CR333)
- Applied Biosciences (CR006)
- Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (CR007)
- Science Course (CR300)
- Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (CR325)
- Analytical Chemistry with QA (CR340)