• Code: HS
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award in Laboratory Techniques (5M3807)
  • Duration: One Year


This course will provide participants with a broad knowledge of the core sciences and an understanding of the Irish legal system. Participants will develop useful skill through hands on laboratory work as well as an appreciation of the concepts particular to forensics. Students will also develop skills in problem solving, organization, team work, effective communication and the use of technology. These skills are relevant to a wide variety of industries and professions including in An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces, the State Laboratory and the Forensic Science Laboratory.

Programme of Study
  • Forensics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Biology
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent with a science subject 
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a distinction profile to include QQI level 4 Biology 
  • Full QQI Level 4 with a distinction profile and with a science subject 
  • Mature applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications 

Places are offered following successful interview. Applicants should have good basic literacy and mathematical skills.

Career Opportunities
  • Pharmaceutical research 
  • Laboratory Technicians 
  • Clinical trial monitoring 
  • Medical research 
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biotechnology 
Higher Education Progression*


  • Science (DN250)
  • Animal Science - Equine (DN251)
  • Forestry (DN271)
  • Food Science (DN261) 


  • Science (DT271)
  • Bio-Science (DT259) 
  • Forensic & Environmental Chemistry (DT203) 


  • Science (TR071) 


  • Chemistry with Forensic Science (CK402) 
  • Criminology (CK113) 


  • DNA and Forensic Analysis (TA326)
Course Co-Ordinator

Aisling Russell

Where are they now?

Student: Una Daly Forensics

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in studying forensic science. It not only offers a solid grounding in core science subjects but also a knowledge of criminal law, forensics, and criminology. I find the course both challenging and fascinating and I believe that it as an ideal stepping stone to pursuing a university degree in forensics. Returning to education after a lapse of many years was a daunting prospect for me. However, the friendly atmosphere and the supportive teaching staff in BIFE have made the experience a lot easier than I had expected

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