Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Science

Course Aim

This course provides learners with the practical skills, knowledge and experience to progress in this exciting and growing field. The course provides learners with an introduction to laboratory skills, medical terminology, sterilisation practices and chemistry through practical laboratory work. This allows learners to develop the knowledge, skills and techniques required for work in modern health sciences or alternatively as a pathway to various related degree programmes.


Course Modules

  • Laboratory Skills
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Medical Terminology
  • Chemistry
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Sterilisation and High Level Disinfection
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Maths
  • Communications
  • Work Experience


5M3807 QQI Level 5 Laboratory Techniques


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of degree programmes including:


UCD/Maynooth University/DkIT | Science | Level 8

DkIT | Pharmaceutical Science | Level 7

TU Dublin | Science - Common Entry | Level 8

TCD | Biological and Biomedical Sciences | Level 8

CIT | Physical Sciences | Level 7

DCU | Environmental Science and Technology| Level 8


Career Opportunities

Graduates can progress to employment in various roles including:

Pharmaceuticals Production and Quality Assurance | Biomedical Science Technician | Bioscience Technician | Laboratory Technician | Local Authority Environmental Scientist | Food Science Laboratory Analyst  


Over 20,000 people in Leinster employed in ‘Biomedical & Pharmaceutical'


Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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