Pre-University Science – Laboratory Techniques

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 Science, specifically 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

Our Pre-University Science students will be timetabled for the core and elective modules listed below. A presentation will be made during induction in September on the process of choosing elective modules.

Core Modules:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Communications

Elective Modules:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Microbiology

Entry Requirements

The following are requirements for entry to the Pre-University Science Laboratory Techniques course:

  • Either:
    • Leaving Cert – an O5 grade in Mathematics
    • Leaving Cert Applied – a Distinction grade (85-100%)
    • Full 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

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