Higher Certificate in Science HC in Applied Science
CAO Course Code
Why take this course?
The Higher Certificate in Applied Science 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 Applied Science 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 twoordinary degree programmes namely, Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Sciences. 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 Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development & Analysis).
Additionally, there are add-on level 8 degree programmes in Biotechnology 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.
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.
For further information about this programme, please contact
Dr Nuala Commins
Head of Department of Life & Physical Sciences,
Athlone Institute of Technology.
Tel: +353 (0)90 6468081
- Course Duration:
- 2 Years
- CAO Course Code:
- Cut Off CAO Points:
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- Course Award:
- Higher Certificate in Science
- Course NFQ Level:
- Level 6
- 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: Any major QQI award with three distinctions and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C2017 or Leaving Certificate Maths at O6/H7.
ISSE Survey, Higher Certificate in Applied Science Student
"I was constantly given feedback on my performance in class which I found really helpful. The lecturers always made themselves available for one-to-one tutorials if I required them"
Careers & Opportunities
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.
There is currently no work experience or work placement for this course.
As a graduate you are eligible to apply to join the following Level 7 programmes for the third year of your studies:
BSc in Biotechnology
Bachelor of Science
BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Drug Development and Analysis)
Bachelor of Science