Higher Certificate Science in Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry CW126

  • NFQ Level 6
  • CW126
  • 18
  • 220
  • 2 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
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What is the Course about?

The Higher Certificate in Science provides students with a grounding in scientific skills. There is an emphasis on practical skills with students getting hands-on experience and more than 50% of the time is spent developing essential laboratory skills.

The programme is designed to provide graduates with theoretical knowledge and understanding, and the practical skills necessary to pursue technical careers in a modern scientific environment in the areas of industrial chemistry, pharmaceutical manufacture, scientific instrumentation, quality control, food science and technology.

This programme has a shared first year and in Year 2, students can choose to specialise in either Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry. A large percentage of the programme time is spent in the laboratory.The programme features specialist biology modules including: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Quantitative Methods and Quality, Instrumentation and Computing and Bioanalytical Techniques.

What is the Applied Biology programme about?
The programme features specialist biology modules including: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Quantitative Methods and Quality, Instrumentation and Computing and Bioanalytical Techniques. 

What is the Applied Chemistry programme about?
The programme features specialist chemistry modules including: Organic, Physical and Analytical Chemistry; Quantitative Methods and Quality; Instrumentation and Computing; Industrial Applications – Pharmaceutical Environment.

Special Features:

  • More than 50% of programme is dedicated to practicals enabling students to gain essential laboratory skills.
  • A common first year with the option to specialize in Year 2 in either Biology or Chemistry.
  • Graduates are eligible to progress to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Science in Analytical Science (CW107) (in the case of the Chemistry stream) and Year 3 of the Bachelor of Science in Biosciences (CW117) (in the case of the Biology Stream).

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are eligible to progress to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Science in Analytical Science (CW107) (in the case of the Chemistry stream) and Year 3 of the Bachelor of Science in Biosciences (CW117) (in the case of the Biology Stream).

What exemptions will I receive?

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What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Students who complete the Higher Certificate in either Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry may gain employment as laboratory technicians in the food, chemical, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, healthcare and environmental industries. However, many students choose to continue their studies at IT Carlow to degree level studying Biosciences, Environmental or Analytical Science.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. 

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better. 
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed. 

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dina Brazil, BA, PhD
E: dina.brazil@itcarlow.ie