Higher Certificate in Science

This two year course is designed as a foundation course in science and builds key skill sets in analytical science related to the current demand in our economy. The course provides you with a core foundation in applied science with an emphasis on hands-on practical laboratory science. There are elective choices in year one which allows you to experience the thematic areas developed in year two. In the second year of the course, you will have the flexibility to follow an applied science theme in either biology or chemistry.

The second year course focuses on developing your knowledge, skills and competence in core areas of analytical science, biochemistry and microbiology, whilst allowing the flexibility to specialise in your area of elective choice. The electives allow a level of specialisation in biomedical, environmental, or pharmaceutical science. On graduation you may transfer onto related degree courses in the areas of biomedical and pharmaceutical science, environmental science, occupational safety and health.


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
  • 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


Environmental Science SG401 Higher Certificate

*New Common Points Scale

The new Leaving Certificate Common Points Scale from 2017 is not directly comparable with the scale that was in existence from 1992 to 2016.

Download the Grading Scale from www.transition.ie.

Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employable as technical scientists in a wide range of industries and government sectors including the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, medical diagnostic, food and beverage, 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 in a broad range of roles, including environmental analysis.

What are my further study opportunities?

On completion of the programme, graduates have strong analytical science skills and are suitable for progression onto ordinary degree (level 7) and honours degree (level 8) courses in pharmaceutical science, medical biotechnology, environmental science, occupational safety and health.

What subjects will I study?

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.

Who do I contact?

Contact Number: 071-9318510
Email: admissions@itsligo.ie