Pre-University Science/Agricultural Science

Course Aim

This programme has been designed specifically to support learners in achieving the entry requirements for studying science based programmes at Higher Education. This programme offers learners a mixture of classroom based subjects, laboratory techniques and industry based experience. This programme provides a clear pathway into a range of science related degree programmes.


Learners will complete a combination of the following:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Mechanics
  • Maths
  • Communications
  • Work Experience


Qualification Obtained

QQI Level 5 Major Award (5M3807) in 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.

Progression To Degrees

DKIT | Agriculture | Level 8
DKIT | Science | Level 8
NUIG | Science | Level 8
Maynooth University | Science | Level 8
UCD | Veterinary Nursing | Level 8
UCD | Science| Level 8
UCD | Agricultural Science | Level 8
UCD | Agri – Environmental Science | Level 8

Career Prospects

Following the successful completion of the Pre-University Science/Agricultural Science programme, you may progress to a degree which can lead to a career in:


Agriculture | Veterinary Nursing | Food Science | Pharmaceutical Industry | Horticulture | Crop Management | Bioscience | Physics



2020-21 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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