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Pre-University Science

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Laboratory Techniques (5M3807)


Our Pre-University Science course has been specially developed to enable students to obtain the entry requirements for accessing Science-based programmes at Higher Education institutes. Additionally, learners acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the science and pharmaceutical industries.

Entry Requirements

•    Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, including Mathematics, or
•    Leaving Certificate Applied, Distinction (Mathematics is a mandatory requirement), or
•    QQI/FETAC Level 4 award, or
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    Personal interview

Principal Area of Study

Laboratory Techniques, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Communications, Food Chemistry, Work Experience, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry



Career Opportunities and Progression

This course offers progression options for learners to programmes in Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third-level institutes also reserve a number of places on degree courses for mature learners (over the age of 23). Learners must apply to each institute individually.

Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 5 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieved in their QQI major award.


Graduates currently study Science and Science-related programmes at UCD, TCD, NUI Maynooth, DIT, UCC, DCU ( BSC. in Athletic Therapy & Training ) and Institutes of Technology.


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