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

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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