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


The purpose of the course is to prepare learners for entry to first year of a degree course in science or a science-related field in a Higher Education Institution. The course is designed in particular for learners who may not have studied science previously and has a large emphasis on both theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary in Science.

Programme of Study
  • Anatomy & Physiolgy
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • 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
Higher Education Progression*


  • Science (DN250)
  • Animal Science - Equine (DN251) 
  • Forestry (DN271)
  • Dairy Business (DN252) 
  • Agricultural Science (DN250) 
  • Food Science (DN261) 


  • Science (DT271) 
  • Bio-Science (DT259) 
  • Food Innovation (DT421) 


  • Science (TR071) 


  • Physics with Astronomy (DC167)
  • Applied Physics (DC171)
  • Science Common Entry (DC201)
  • Genetics and Cell Biology (DC168)
  • Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DC162) 
  • Sport Science and Health (DC202) 


  • Chemical Sciences (CK406)
  • Biological and Chemical Sciences (CK402) 
  • Genetics (CK405)
  • Food Science (CK505)
  • Nutritional Science (CK504)
Course Co-Ordinator

Aisling Russell

Where are they now?

Profile – Chloe O’Brien

My time in BIFE was an unforgettable experience. The year was filled with amazing tutors, classes and great friends. The Pre-University Science course was extremely well organised and was great fun to participate in. I learnt major key skills in all of the Science disciplines which I have carried on with me to Maynooth University. It was a great year and an amazing college too. The staff are so helpful and the friends I made are lifelong. I thoroughly enjoyed the year in Bray.

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