Higher Certificate in Science (Bioscience/Chemistry)

Higher Certificate in Science Bioscience/Chemistry

Course Overview

  • 2

    Years

  • 6

    Level

  • 210

    Points

  • AL632

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

The Higher Certificate in Science (Bioscience/Chemistry) will give you an excellent chance to explore areas of biology, physics, mathematics and chemistry. It allows you to develop your interests over two years of study. You can then choose to continue your studies or seek employment. Graduates are typically employed as science technicians in research, industry, educational institutions and governmental agencies.

What will I experience?

The Higher Certificate in Science (Bioscience/Chemistry) students will gain valuable hands-on experience in the laboratory as well being able to explore their scientific interests. Graduates of the Higher Certificate can then progress to one of three ordinary degree programmes namely, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical sciences and Forensic Toxicology. A number of AIT graduates who started out on this route have progressed to Masters and PhD degrees.

What opportunities might it lead to?

As a graduate you are eligible to apply for the following Level 7 programmes for the third year of your studies:

  • BSc in Biotechnology
  • BSc in Forensic Toxicology
  • BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development & Analysis).

Additionally, there are add-on level 8 degree programmes in Biotechnology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Sciences for level 7 graduates who wish to obtain an honours degree in science.

Alternatively, you may progress to related Level 7 programmes at other third-level institutions.

Additional Information

While the majority of graduates from the higher certificate at AIT progress to level 7 programmes, opportunities for science technicians exist in research, industry, educational institutions and government agencies. Industry offers opportunities in quality control, manufacturing processes, research and development and environmental management, within the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food processing sectors.

Course Details

Course Duration:
2 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL632
Cut Off CAO Points:
210
Median CAO Points:
330
Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Department:
Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Minimum Grade 06 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language English or Irish.

QQI (FETAC):

QQI applicants to this programme must have the following qualification: CASLT (5M3807). Applicants are also required to have the module Mathematics (5N1833) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Mathematics.

Course Structure

Year 1

Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics for Scientists, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Information Technology for Scientists, Scientific Computing, Current Scientific Issues through Enquiry Based Learning.

Year 2

Mathematics and Statistics for Life and Physical Sciences, Gene Technology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Techniques, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

While the majority of graduates from the higher certificate at AIT progress to level 7 programmes, some opportunities for science technicians exist in research, industry, educational institutions and government agencies.

Work Placement

​There is currently no work experience or work placement for this course.

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