Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Science

Course Aim

This course provides learners with the practical skills, knowledge and experience to progress in this exciting and growing field. The course provides learners with an introduction to laboratory skills, medical terminology, sterilisation practices and chemistry through practical laboratory work. This allows learners to develop the knowledge, skills and techniques required for work in modern health sciences or alternatively as a pathway to various related degree programmes.


Course Modules

  • Laboratory Skills
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Medical Terminology
  • Chemistry
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Sterilisation and High Level Disinfection
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Maths
  • Communications
  • 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.

Progression To Degrees

Graduates can progress to a variety of degree programmes including:


UCD/Maynooth University/DkIT | Science | Level 8

DkIT | Pharmaceutical Science | Level 7

TU Dublin | Science - Common Entry | Level 8

TCD | Biological and Biomedical Sciences | Level 8

CIT | Physical Sciences | Level 7

DCU | Environmental Science and Technology| Level 8


Career Opportunities

Graduates can progress to employment in various roles including:

Pharmaceuticals Production and Quality Assurance | Biomedical Science Technician | Bioscience Technician | Laboratory Technician | Local Authority Environmental Scientist | Food Science Laboratory Analyst  


'Over 20,000 people in Leinster employed in ‘Biomedical & Pharmaceutical'

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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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