CAO CODE : AL 632
This higher certificate will give you an excellent grounding in the areas of biology, physics, mathematics and chemistry. Areas of employment opportunity exist for science technicians in research, industry, educational institutions and governmental agencies. One of the strengths of the programme is that even if you have limited science at Leaving Certificate level, it gives you the opportunity to experience the main areas of science before deciding which specialised area of study to pursue on completion of the course.
The first year of the programme contains modules in the areas of science of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and IT and Computing for Scientists. In addition, the inclusion of continuously assessed modules in andlsquo;Learning to Learn’ and andlsquo;Current Scientific Issues through Enquiry-Based Learning’ facilitates the smooth transition from second-level to the third-level education system. The second year of the programme focuses on specific areas in Bioscience and Chemistry including Microbiology, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology as well as Mathematics, Probability and Statistics.