Higher Certificate in Science

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Points Required 209*
  • Course Code SG401
  • Award Higher Certificate
  • Duration 2

Course Summary


This two-year programme is designed as a foundation course in science that gives students an exceptional level of flexibility. It provides students with a core foundation in applied science with an emphasis on hands-on practical laboratory science. The programme is focused on developing students’ knowledge, skills and competence in core areas of science, while providing the flexibility to specialise into their selected programme at the end of year one This is a good choice for students who know they want to study science but are unsure about their key area at the time of application. 

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Students follow one of four designated honours degree pathways in Years Two.  These pathways are in:

  • Environmental Science with Ecology
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Biomedical Science and Medical Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical science with Drug Development

YEAR ONE 

The subjects studied in year one include core Science modules in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Information Technology and Learning to Learn. Students also select from a range of elective modules relating to the future pathways listed below. 

YEAR TWO 

The second year of the course students transfer to one of four programmes and gain a Higher Certificate. These programmes are:

Environmental Science with Ecology

Occupational Safety and Health

Biomedical Science and Medical Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical science with Drug Development

Once the Level 6 has been completed, students can progress to Level 7 and Level 8 of their selected programme.

KEY SKILLS

We have embedded a range of fundamental practical science skills in this programme:

  • Analytical science skills, practical skills in monitoring environmental quality
  • Practical laboratory skills in methods used by analytical scientists
  • Environmental Science and Occupational Safety and Health
  • Biochemistry, microbiology and analytical chemistry
  • DNA technology, immunology, environmental science, pharmaceuticals and organic/physical chemistry
  • Data analysis
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Communication and information technology

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo are available for download below:

A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for this course.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employable as scientists and occupational safety and health officers in a wide range of industries including the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, medical diagnostic, food and beverage, construction and biotechnology sectors. These industries have a high profile in the Western and North Western regions.

Graduates will also be suitable for employment in government and public agencies as analysts and environmental scientists in a broad range of roles, including environmental protection.

Further Study

Graduates from the Level 6 Higher Certificate may progress to Year Three of an Ordinary Degree (Level 7) and subsequently onto an Honours Degree (Level 8) course in:

Environmental Science with Ecology

Occupational Safety and Health

Biomedical Science and Medical Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical science with Drug Development

That means this is a four-year route to an honours degree, the exact same length as applying direct to a Level 8.

Upon completion of the level 8, graduates may apply for postgraduate study in taught Masters programmes as well as Doctoral research programmes. There are also a wide range of IT Sligo online programmes at Masters level to suit graduates in the workplace

 

Did you know?

IT Sligo has one of the largest Science schools in Ireland. 

Leaving Certificate science subjects are not an entry requirement for this course. The first year of study will cover all key science disciplines from the start.

Students enjoy the flexibility to choose their speciality after one year with a common entry course. It allows students to discover the many aspects of science in order to identify the best fit for them.

We offer an excellent learning environment in our recently refurbished science building with field trips, site visits and interactive modules.

We focus on hands-on skills, work experience and competencies that employers are seeking so that our graduates are career-ready on their first day at work.

Many of our programmes provide professional accreditations and progression routes into professional careers.