Dun Laoghaire Further Education InstituteFood Science and Nutrition: Pre-University Science

Food Science and Nutrition: Pre-University Science

Area:
South Dublin County
Price: POA
Duration: 1 year
Type:
Further Education and PLC, QQI Level 5

Course description

This course is suitable for students who are interested in preparing for a career as a food scientist and/or further education in food, science or agriculture sectors. A food scientist applies their knowledge of biology, chemistry and engineering to develop and improve foods and has a role to play in all aspects of the food chain from production, to processing, storage and marketing. The food industry, Ireland’s largest industry, with Irish food companies being amongst the most successful in the world, employing up to 230,000 is expected to grow. This sector needs highly qualified graduates with a clear understanding of food, nutrition, health and their interrelationships.

Entry Requirements
One of the following:

Leaving Certificate
A QQI Level 4 Award
Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Laboratory Skills
  • Microbiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition
  • Food Safety and HACCP
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production
  • Mathematics
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing

Certification
Level 5 QQI Award Laboratory Techniques (5M3807)

Special Features

  • Work placement
  • Hands-on laboratory experience
  • Small class groups
  • Visits to industry
  • Professional guest lectures
  • CAO advise

This course is supported by FIT, which offers students the opportunity to acquire essential skills to gain employment. Students are given training in job interview techniques and CV preparation.

Work Experience
Students will be required to undertake a period work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year. Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher. The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours. Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information
Assessment
Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examination (Written)
  • Project
  • Skills Demonstration

Progression Opportunities
Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities. There are progression options in a wide range of areas including food science, general science, agricultural science, sports science, culinary arts, applied science in nutrition and many other related areas. Example are shown below. However a full list of programmes to choose from will be given to all students at induction in September.

Students from this course may also progress onto a number of apprenticeships for example Laboratory Technician that are now available in Ireland.

Progression Examples
University College Dublin

  • BSc in Food Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • BSc in Agricultural Science
  • BSc in Dairy Business
  • BA Arts
  • BA Humanities

National University of Ireland Maynooth

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological and Medical Science

Trinity College Dublin

  • BSc in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc in Chemical Sciences
  • BSc in Physical Sciences

TU Dublin -City Campus (formerly DIT)

  • BSc in Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition
  • BSc in Food Innovation
  • BSc in Environmental Health
  • BSc in Clinical Measurement Science
  • BA in Culinary Arts

St Angels’s College Sligo

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and
  • Business Management

Career Paths
Students should use this course as a stepping stone in order to obtain a high level qualification in the progression areas listed below. Alternatively students may seek immediate employment in a range of companies and projects that seek graduates with a science aptitude. Career opportunities such as food technologists, food scientists, microbiologists, food safety consultants, technicians, food engineers, laboratory assistants and product development managers exist for graduates who complete further or higher education qualifications.

Duration
One Year


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