• Code: 5M3807
  • Certification: Certificate in Applied Science – QQI Level 5
  • Duration: One Year, September to May


This is a one year full time pre-university science course. The course will allow the student to learn and practice some of the key scientific skills needed at third level.  The course will give students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and confidence in a range of science subjects including biology, anatomy, chemistry and material science.

The mathematics element allows students to bring their mathematics levels up to the competence relevant to their intended third level course. As well as developing a grounding in science, students will also develop team work and effective communication skills on this course.

Programme of Study*
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Material Science
  • Communications
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Work Experience

* Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

It is desirable that students should be of Leaving Certificate Standard or have achieved an Applied Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Portlaoise Institute welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above qualifications. 

All students are required to complete an assessment before commencing a Further Education course in Portlaoise Institute. This assessment confirms if the student has the required level of English and Maths (if applicable) to complete a Level 5 course. 

Higher Education Progression*

Here are examples of courses students can progress to based on successful completion: 

Examples of courses you can progress to:

CAO Code Course Title College NFQ Level
MH201 Science        Maynooth University 8
MH202 Biotechnology      Maynooth University 8
CW126 Science - Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry         IT Carlow 6
CW116 Pharmacy Technician Studies        IT Carlow 6
AL632 Science (Bioscience/Chemistry)        Athlone IT 6

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator

Eimear McInerney, emcinerney@portlaoisecollege.ie

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