Cost €500

inc. Govt Charge

Pre-University Science

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QQI Level 5 Award in Laboratory Techniques 5M3807                                    Duration: 1 Year

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Note: This course costs €300 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge

What will I study?

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, laboratory practicals, mandatory work placement and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year.(Continuous Assessment) On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

What we Would like from you!

An ambition to study Science at Third Level, a love of science & maths and a willingness to work hard are what is required. You will be responsible for securing an appropriate off site work placement before the beginning of the course.

Particular Resources Required

Manuals are provided for some components. Laboratory equipment and white coats are also supplied for practical classes.

Career/Progression Opportunities

Employment opportunities include working in pharmaceutical research organisations as clinical researchers or as laboratory assistants. They may also work in science-related industries such as clinical trial monitoring or medical research organisations. Students may also progress to participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme. Past students have progressed onto DIT, DCU, UCD, Maynooth, TCD, IT Tallaght, IT Carlow and UCC.  Seven from the class of 2017 got into General Science in UCD. Two from the same class got into TCD Science etc. From 2018, Killester College Science Students who graduate & meet The Entry Requirements for Sligo IT are guaranteed places on all their Science courses.

Click this course code 5M3807 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with. You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

See what our Students say

I studied the pre university science course in 2016/2017. After getting the distinctions I needed, I gained my place in DCU to study Genetics and Cell Biology.
The pre university science course in Killester provides you with a fantastic background knowledge of the core science subjects and gives you a head start for studying science at third level.
Hannah Costello

Entry Requirements

  • Over 16 years
  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP/LCA
  • Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • Mature students  (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding
  • Applicants must have attained a Pass grade in Leaving Cert Ordinary Level Maths or equivalent
  • LCA and Leaving Certificate Foundation Maths students must sit a short Maths test in Killester College as part of the Application process
  • Interview


Course Code 920