Applied Biology (Food Science)
The food and beverage industry is Ireland's most important indigenous industry and contributes greatly towards the economic development of our society. This thriving sector provides interesting, varied and well-paid employment. Today's consumers are demanding a combination of attractive/nutritional, convenient, affordable and safe food products along with health benefits, thus requiring highly skilled scientists to produce such goods.
The focus of this exciting course involves expertise and knowledge in areas such as science, technology, food safety and nutrition. Throughout the course you will gain valuable insights into the manufacture and the nutritional content of current food products available on the market. You will also get the opportunity to learn new theoretical skills and apply them in practice.
This booming industry is an exciting and rewarding sector to be involved in and this course will provide you with the necessary tools to progress to third level education. Over the years, as a result of this course, our highly skilled graduates have progressed to third level education in Ireland and the UK.
QQI Level 5
Food Science: 5M5267
Laboratory Techniques: 5M3807
This is a full time one year course
The following subjects may be offered:
Designed to develop an understanding of biology and an ability to perform practical tasks in biology.
Outlines the fundamentals of microbiology and basic microbiological skills used in a laboratory setting.
Designed to develop an understanding of the industrial and practical applications of chemistry.
Designed to develop an understanding of basic and analytical chemistry and the fundamentals of food chemistry.
Describes the processes used in the food industry to produce selected food products and explains the scientific principles underpinning these processes.
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.
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.
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 food and pharmaceutical industries are among Ireland’s largest employers and have a large potential for employment.
Job opportunities for students who complete this course include:
- Laboratory assistants.
- Operators in food and pharmaceutical industries.
- Supervisor/manager in food retail outlets.
- Worker/supervisor in food preparation.
- Small food business operators.
For full details on progression opportunities see these links:
Students who study and complete this course are eligible to apply for many courses in the Science field within Irish Third Level Institutes. As this course is part of the “Links Scheme” for entry into third level colleges, students gain entry to these linked courses based on their QQI results rather than their Leaving Certificate results.
Students who wish to use the links to further studies will need to achieve a certain level in their QQI award.
Some examples of these linked courses include:
University College Cork:
- Food Science (CK505)
- Nutritional Science (CK504)
- Food Marketing & Entrepreneurship (CK502)
- Public Health and Health Promotion (CK706)
- Biological and Chemical Sciences (CK402)
- Chemical Sciences (CK406)
- Environmental & Earth System Sciences (CK404)
- Nutrition and Health Science (CR333)
- Applied Biosciences (CR006)
- Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (CR007)
- Science Courses (CR300)
- Herbal Science (CR330)
- Home Economics and Business Teaching - MT930 (First 3 years in MTU and final 2 in UCC)
Course participants are also eligible to apply to UK Universities to study Dietetic and other Science courses.