Pre-University Science/Agricultural Science

Course Aim

If you’re like most first-year college students, you may be unsure of your future plans and what you want to study. The College Access Programme accommodates students who want to explore a variety of career fields in one year to identify the best degree/ career path to pursue. The programme provides a selection of studies in social, childcare, healthcare, animal care and computer-related subjects which is beneficial for school leavers, adult learners, working students, and career changers who want to progress to further studies.


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



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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