• 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 aimed and designed for learners who may not have studied all of the science subjects previously. It has a large emphasis on both theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This course has had outstanding results with most graduates progressing to top rated Universities.

Programme of Study
  • Anatomy & Physiolgy
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent with at least one science subject and minimum entry requirement Ordinary Level Maths. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a Distinction profile to include QQI Level 4 Biology
  • Full QQI Level 4 Certificate with a Distinction profile and a science subject
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Applicants should have good basic literacy skills and mathematical skills.

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

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Universities such as: 

UCD University College Dublin: 

  • Science (DN200)
  • Agricultural Science (DN250) 
  • Food Science (DN261) 

TUD  Technological University Dublin (Grangegorman Campus):

  • Science (TU755)
  • Environmental Health (TU869) 
  • Food Innovation (TU881)
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (TU762)

DCU Dublin City University:

  • Physics General Entry (DC175)
  • Biotechnology (DC181) 
  • Genetics and Cell Biology (DC168)
  • Chemical Sciences General Entry (DC163) 
  • Sport Science and Health (DC202) 

UCC University College Cork:

  • Public Health Sciences (CK706)
  • Medical and Health Sciences (CK707)

TCD  Trinity College Dublin 

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences (TR060) 
  • Chemical Sciences (TR061) 
  • Physical Sciences (TR063) 

Please note that the courses listed above are only a select few, many other courses can be entered using this QQI award, please visit www.careersportal.ie for more.

Course Co-Ordinator

Janice Walsh

Where are they now?

1 chloeobrien "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." - Chloe O'Brien

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