Pre-University Science/Agricultural Science

Course Aim

The Pre-University Science programme gives its students the opportunity to access to Science and Science related Degree programmes. Studying this course will allow you to build a broad and solid base of scientific knowledge that will be invaluable to you throughout your third level studies and beyond. In our rapidly evolving society the science graduate will have the opportunity to influence and shape the world we live in.


Learners will complete a combination of the following:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Mechanics
  • Maths
  • Communications
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience



5M3807 QQI Level 5 Laboratory Techniques


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Higher Education Progression

TU Dublin | Science - Common Entry | Level 8
UCD | Science | Level 8
CIT | Physical Sciences | Level 7
DkIT | Pharmaceutical Science | Level 7
DkIT | Science | Level 8
DCU | Environmental Science and Technology| Level 8



I graduated from the course in June with distinctions in all of my modules. I’m now in my first year in UCC studying Medical and Health Sciences. I didn’t perform as well as I’d hoped for in the Leaving Certificate but thankfully, the Pre-University Science course was essentially the one qualification that helped me to secure my place on such a highly competitive course. That experience has benefited me in so many ways.

Gbolahan Clinton Falana
Gbolahan Clinton Falana
Pre-University Science Graduate, 2018

Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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