Laboratory Techniques: Pre-University Science


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award Laboratory Techniques (5M3807)

Course Aims

This hands-on laboratory skills course provides an introduction to the world of science and covers a variety of subjects related to laboratory and physical sciences. The purpose of this award is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently and under supervision in a science laboratory and/or to progress to science based programmes third level. Regular field trips and visits from guest speakers are key features of this course.

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Leaving Certificate Established/LCVP
• Leaving Certificate Applied
• Relevant QQI Level 4 Award
• Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

• Laboratory Skills
• Microbiology
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
• Mathematics
• Communications
• Word Processing
• Work Experience

Additional Information

Learners should use this course as a stepping stone into a recognised degree programmes in order to achieve a high level qualification. The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has identified that scientific related jobs are difficult to fill due to a lack of suitable graduates. Nine out of the top ten global Biopharma-Pharmchem companies are located in Ireland (for example Pfizer, Merck, Amgen). These companies operate research, manufacturing and service activities in Ireland and the sector is expected to grow. There is an acute need for technicians, senior process scientists and engineers.

Twenty of the top thirty medical global device companies (Abbot, Boston Scientific and Medtronic) are located in Ireland. They operate large production facilities, which are expected to expand. The sector is strong on exports and Ireland has an international reputation for delivering products and services in the following growth areas: Agri-food, Medical devices, chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Scientific vacancies exist in three scientific sectors (1) manufacturing (mostly pharmaceutical), (2) professional, scientific and technical activities and (3) human health activities.


Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at both Universities and Institutes of Technology. There are progression options in a wide range of areas including general science, biotechnology, forensic science, pharmaceutical science, sports science, food science and many other related areas.


Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme

Bachelor of Science (DN200)
BSc in Agricultural Science (DN250)
BSc in Food Science (DN261)
University College Dublin
Bachelor of Science (MH201)
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (MH202)
Bachelor of Science in Biological and Medical Science (MH208)
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Bachelor of Science (TR071)
Trinity College Dublin
BSc in Forensic and Environmental Chemistry (DT203)
BSc in Pharmaceutical Healthcare (DT422)
BSc in Food Science and Management (DT424)
BSc with Nanotechnology (DT227)
Dublin Institute of Technology
BSc in Sport Science and Health (DC202)
Dublin City University


For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution


Career Paths

This course prepares learners for careers typically found in the following sectors: chemical industry, biopharma-pharmachem, cosmetic science, food and beverages, physical and mathematical sciences, medical devices, education and research, environmental science, human biology and health, science journalism. Learners may seek employment in many other types of companies such as business, requiring an aptitude for science.