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Applied Biology / Bitheolaíocht Fheidhmeach

Course Title: Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biology

2023 CAO Points: 252

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish


Irish - F3/06/H7
English - 06/H7

QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award None

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the fascinating world of the biological sciences. You’ll study a range of science subjects, including Microbiology, Biochemistry and Drug Delivery. Over the two years, you’ll gain around 400 hours of laboratory experience, experience that potential employers will value. The knowledge and practical experience gained in this course will set you on the way for other academic courses or directly into a job in industry.

Topics covered by this course include how the cell works, the nature of disease, genetics and microbiology. (You don’t have to have studied Biology at Leaving Certificate, although it’s useful if you did.)

Our lecturers have a wide range of experience in research, education and industry, and we take pride in being an approachable and student-focused team. You’ll study a range of science subjects, including Microbiology (the study of bacteria, fungi and viruses), Biochemistry (the chemistry of life) and Drug Delivery (how drugs are manufactured and tested). This blend of fundamental and applied subjects will enhance your understanding of the relevance of the subjects to the real world and provide the basis for more advanced study, if you continue to the add-on B.Sc. course the following year.

Graduate Job Titles:

  • Quality Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Technologist

Excellent laboratory experience, tied in very well with the theory side. Hands-on experience with equipment used in industry.

On successful completion, students may progress on to Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Bioanalysis (TU760)

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate in Science


2 years

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