Biological Sciences (Honours) (Common Entry) (Level 8)
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4 Years (8 semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
- score the necessary CAO points and
- meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information
There is work placement of a minimum of 16 weeks in Year 3.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subjects are Biology and Chemistry.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY - OPEN DAYS 2018
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What is Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences is an exciting and rapidly developing subject area, with many applications in the pharmaceutical, food and healthcare, and natural product industries.
First Year at a Glance
As well as learning the main core science subjects in first year, new students will be exposed to the following:
- Evaluating the role of food in health, wellness, and nutrition space
- Making biological medicines: learn the basics of how cells can be used to make modern medicines
- Understanding the natural products industry from functional foods to medicinal, healthcare, and cosmetics products
- Perform experimental laboratory procedures
The Common Biological Sciences programme is a two-year course designed for students interested in Biological Sciences as a career, but who may be unsure of which discipline to follow.
The scheme gives students the opportunity to see the three disciplines areas, first hand, through the various modules on offer, interaction with lecturers, and industrial site visits.
This allows the student to make an informed decision on their discipline of study.
On successfully completing this 2-year programme, students can enter the third year programme from any of the following Honours Biological Science Degrees:
Am I guaranteed my choice of study at the end of Year 2?
Yes. Successful completion of the Common Entry Biological Sciences programme ensures guaranteed entry to Year 3 of the BSc (Honours) programme of choice from the list given.
Do I need to have studied Chemistry at Leaving Certificate to apply for this course?
No. Students study Biological Chemistry 1 and Biological Chemistry 2 modules in first year, these modules are designed for students who do not have Chemistry as a Leaving Certificate subject.
In addition, the CIT Academic Learning Centre provides tutorial support for first year Chemistry modules.
Possible Areas of Employment
Depends on specialisation
- Biopharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industries
- Food and Healthcare Industries
- Natural Product Ingredient Manufacture
- Agri-food Sector
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