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Applied Science - Forensics

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Applied Science - Forensics

Course Code: CI061FO
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Laboratory Techniques
QQI Code: 5M3807
Duration: 1 Year
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Applied Science - Forensics
Applied Science - Forensics


Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Course Description
Forensic Science is defined as any science which is used as evidence in a court of law. This course will provide participants with a broad knowledge of the core sciences and an understanding of the Irish legal system.

Students explore the fundamentals of forensic science, evidence collection and analysis. Students will gain skills in fingerprinting, exposing and lifting prints, analysing hair and fibres, casting foot and tyre prints, blood spatter analysis and DNA profiling.

Participants will develop useful skills through hands-on laboratory work as well as an appreciation of the concepts particular to forensics. Students will also develop skills in problem solving, organisation, team work, effective communication and the use of new technology, an important emphasis is placed on working safely.

These skills are relevant to a wide variety of industries and professions including An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces, the State Laboratory the Forensic Science Laboratory, the legal science profession or science in general.

Course Content

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
  • Forensics


Career Opportunities
Graduates of this course have a strong foundation in the skills required to obtain positions in laboratories or other science related areas such as biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, chemical and biochemical engineering.

Progression Opportunities
Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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