• CERTIFICATION:QQI Level 5 Award in Food Science (5M5267)
    • FDQ Certificate in Brewing Industry Skills level 5 equivalence on the NFQ
  • DURATION:One Year


The course will provide an introduction into the basic scientific background, the technical aspects and an understanding of the whole process of brewing and distilling. It will prepare Learners for work as a brewing and distilling technician in a micro-brewery. Additionally, this course enables entry into a first year of a degree course in food science or a science related field within higher education. The course is aimed and designed for learners who may not have studied many science subject previously. It has a large emphasis on both theoretical knowledge and practical skills that cross both the food and drinks industries, for example, food and drink chemistry, processing, safety and general laboratory skills.

Programme of Study
  • Brewing & Distilling Technology
  • Food & Drink Processing
  • Microbiology
  • Food Safety and HACCP
  • Food Chemistry
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Mathematics (learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths (5N1833) as an extra module)

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a distinction profile to include QQI level 4 Biology
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award 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

Employment in:

  • The growing Irish Beer sector
  • The Micro-Brewery Industry
  • The Distilling Industry (28 Distilleries in Ireland)
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 Institutes of Technology and Universities such as:

SETU South East Technological University (Carlow Campus):

  • BSc Level 8 in Brewary & Distilling (SE521)

TU Dublin (Grangegorman Campus):

  • BSc Level 8 in Science with Nanotechnology (TU855)
  • Higher Certificate in Food Science and Management (TU645)
  • BSc Level 8 in Food Innovation (TU881)
  • BSc Level 8 in Science (TU854)

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

Laura Cullen

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