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Cavan Institute

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.

Career Opportunities

This course in Applied Science - Forensics offers students a chance to sample two possible careers, science or legal studies. 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.


At Cavan Institute: 

Graduates of this level 5 course in Applied Science - Forensics are eligible to apply to the first year of the BSc in General Science being delivered at Cavan Institute in partnership with Sligo IT. Students study year one of this degree programme at Cavan Institute and transfer to Sligo IT for years two and three.


Graduates are also 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).

  • Science - UCD 

  • Forensics - ATU Sligo 

  • Forensic Science & Analysis - ATU Galway/Mayo 

  • Computer Security & Digital Forensics - ATU Donegal 

  • Forensic & Pharmaceutical Science - TUS Midwest

Course Fees


Course Content

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Laboratory Techniques

  • Biology                                                           

  • Criminology                                                  

  • Word Processing                                       

  • Chemistry                                 

  • Laboratory Skills

  • Work Experience

  • Communications

  • Mathematics

  • Forensics

  • Criminal Law

  • Microbiology

About This Course

This course in Applied Science - Forensics looks at 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 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.

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Orla O'Brien

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Brian Sheanon

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Shane Bell

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Orla O'Brien

Orla O'Brien

Brian Sheanon

Brian Sheanon

Shane Bell

Shane Bell

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