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Pre-University Science


Is This Course For You?

Our Pre-University Science course has been specially developed to enable students to obtain the entry requirements for accessing Science-based programmes at Higher Education institutes.

Additionally, learners acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the science and pharmaceutical industries.

Entry Requirements

» Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, including Mathematics, or
» Leaving Certificate Applied, Distinction (Mathematics is a mandatory requirement), or
» QQI/FETAC Level 4 award, or
» Others, including mature students:
Assessed individually, and
» Personal interview

What Will I Study?

Laboratory Skills, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Food Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Communications and Work Experience

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Science 5M3807 NFQ Level 5

Career Opportunities and Progression

This course offers progression options for learners to programmes in Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third-level institutes also reserve a number of places
on degree courses for mature learners (over the age of 23). Learners must apply to each institute individually.

Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 5 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieved in their QQI major award.

Graduates will have the opportunity to pursue Science, and Science -related certificate or degree programmes at UCD, TCD, DCU, NUI Maynooth, DIT, UCC and Institutes of Technology, e.g. B.Sc Athletic Therapy and Training at DCU.


This course will allow selected students to take advantage of a work experience programme abroad in another European country.  The opportunity to work/study abroad will enhance your college experience and boost your career opportunities. You will receive Erasmus+ funding which will enable you to participate on the work experience programme.


1 Year

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Places on our fulltime PLC programmes are available free of charge to VTOS applicants

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Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board