Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Pre University Science (Laboratory Techniques)

PLSS Code 413750 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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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

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent.  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses.

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What Will I Study?

  • Mathematics Level 5 (5N1833) QQI
  • Communications Level 5 (5N0690) QQI
  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749) QQI
  • Personal Professional Development (5N2985) QQI
  • Biology (5N2746) QQI
  • Laboratory Skills (5N2751) QQI
  • Chemistry (5N2747) QQI
  • Food Chemistry (5N2748) QQI
  • Microbiology (5N0737) QQI

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses -  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Graduates will have the opportunity to pursue Science, and Science-related certificate or degree programmes at UCD, TCD, NUI Maynooth, TUD, UCC, DCU and Technological Universities.

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   Routes for this Course


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


Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

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

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