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Food Science

QQI Level 5 Major Award (5M5267) in Food Science


This course can provide successful students with the knowledge and the entry requirements necessary to access a range of science based programmes at third level. The course also aims to provide students with the skills necessary to gain employment in the food industry.

Entry Requirements

•    Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    Personal interview

Principal Area of Study

Food Chemistry, Food Processing, Food Safety, Microbiology, Biology, Nutrition, Laboratory Techniques, Communications and Work Experience.



Career Opportunities and Progression

This course offers progression options for learners either within the college or in partnerships with universities and institutes of technology. Third level institutes also reserve a number of places on degree courses for mature leaners (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 the QQI major award. Graduates may have the opportunity to gain employment in the food industry.


1 Year

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