Pre-University Science -Cathal Brugha Campus

Cost €50


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

Mature students  (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding

What will I study?

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  • Personal & Professional Development

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom-based subjects, laboratory practicals and independent study. You will be expected to complete assignments throughout the year. Course work will consist of a combination of onsite & online learning.

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.


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 TU Dublin, DCU, UCD, Maynooth, TCD, TU Tallaght, SETU Carlow, ATU Sligo and UCC.  Six of our 2020 graduates got into Science in TCD. Five are in UCD Science and six into TU etc. Also, Killester College Science Students who graduate & meet The Entry Requirements for ATU Sligo  are guaranteed places on many of their level 6 & 7 Science courses. All Science courses in DCU accept this Award. The new Laboratory apprenticeships are also an option.

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 got my Leaving Certificate results back I was disappointed at first, I didn’t get the course I wanted to study Science at UCD; I was recommended to do a course at Killester College of Further Education as way of achieving my goal. I thought that it would be hard missing a full year out, as all my friends have moved on to study at universities, but I was wrong; my time in Killester was great and flew by and with the help of the wonderful staff that I know all worked so hard to help me and all of our class to achieve what we would like to do in the future, which I’m very thankful for and really without them I wouldn’t now me a UCD student.
It felt more like a helpful transition period between Secondary School and College, with assignments and workload and tasks similar to what I am doing now at UCD and I was prepared going into college with what I’ve done at Killester.
I made some great friends and it really felt like it was a very short year and I was surprised of what I was able to achieve in that time. I am now studying science at the university I have always wanted but I do miss my time at Killester and I am proud to have been a student there. Alex Usovich 2018-’19

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 2016-’17

See past student Clara Kinsella (TCD student) in a video under INSPIRATIONAL PLC SUCCESS STORIES in News section of this site!

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA
  • Applicants must have attained a Pass grade in Leaving Cert Ordinary Level Maths or equivalent
  • 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)
  • LCA and Leaving Certificate Foundation Maths students must sit a short Maths test in Cathal Brugha FET College as part of the Application process