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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Forensic Science (Laboratory Techniques)

Laboratory Techniques QQI 5M3807
PLSS Code 370111 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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Colaiste Ide provides an opportunity for you to investigate your interest in Forensics and Investigative Sciences. The study of Forensics, Criminal Law and Criminology is an excellent preparation for application to An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces, forensic science laboratories and the State Laboratory. The students are expected to complete work experience, it is included to give them an opportunity to explore their preferred area of future study in investigative sciences or forensics. Extensive careers advice and advice on higher education opportunities is an integral part of the programme. Participants will be facilitated in investigating their personal strengths and talents and receive one-to-one guidance to ensure they achieve optimum outcomes from this innovative programme.

Entry Requirements

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses.

What Will I Study?

Modules you will study include:

  • Criminal law
  • Criminology
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Team Working
  • Laboratory Skills and work experience

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Level 5 Laboratory Skills 5M3807

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses  -  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

Graduates are eligible to apply for the following courses:

  • TU 851 Analytical Chemistry (Environmental Forensics TUD city campus)
  • TU 572 DNA and Forensics Analysis TUD Tallaght
  • SE406 Criminal Justice Studies SETU
  • US863 Pharmaceutical and Forensic Science TUS
  • TU578 Digital Forensics and Cyber Security TUD Blanch
  • AU669 Forensic Science and Analysis ATU
  • AU970 Forensic Investigation and Analysis ATU
  • Plus many other participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme

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   Routes for this Course


1 Year

Places on our fulltime PLC programmes are available free of charge to VTOS applicants


Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board