Pre-University Microbiology

Certificate in Laboratory Techniques QQI Level 5 (5M3807)

This course has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of students wishing to study the scientific discipline of microbiology. It is specifically designed for those who did not satisfy the entry requirements for direct entry to a degree course, and adult returnees to education.

Students who pass all modules including course practical work (the pass mark in each subject is 50%) may be eligible for entry to a variety of Level 7 and 8 degree courses in Universities nationwide.

Course Content

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Communications
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Microbiology

Entry Requirements

The following are requirements for entry to the Pre-University Microbiology course:

  • Either:
    • Leaving Cert – an O5 grade in Mathematics
    • Leaving Cert Applied – a Distinction grade (85-100%)
    • QQI L4 award or equivalent

Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements, depending on prior learning and/or experience. Mature students are also welcome to apply.

College Links & Career Opportunities

Successful students may gain entry to a variety of courses. Students may also progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.  Click this course code 5M3807 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with.


1 Year

Course Charges

Year 1: €50