Science & Laboratory Techniques

Course Aim

Are you interested in a career in science? This programme provides learners with the skills required to obtain employment in laboratories or other science related disciplines such as pharmaceutical science, biochemical engineering or biotechnology. In our rapidly evolving society, science graduates have the opportunity to influence and shape the world we live in today.


Course Modules

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Mechanics
  • Maths
  • Communications
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • 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

DkIT | Science | Level 8
TU Dublin | Science - Common Entry | Level 8
UCD | Science | Level 8
CIT | Physical Sciences | Level 7
DkIT | Pharmaceutical Science | Level 7
DCU | Environmental Science and Technology| Level 8

Career Opportunities

Graduates can progress to employment in various roles including:

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


I graduated from the course in June with distinctions in all of my modules. I’m now in my first year in UCC studying Medical and Health Sciences. I didn’t perform as well as I’d hoped for in the Leaving Certificate but thankfully, the Pre-University Science course was essentially the one qualification that helped me to secure my place on such a highly competitive course. That experience has benefited me in so many ways.

Gbolahan Clinton Falana
Gbolahan Clinton Falana
Pre-University Science Graduate, 2018

2020-21 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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