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Programme Title: An Introduction to the Sciences

Major Award: NFQ Level 4 Certificate in Science Skills 4M2911

Programme Structure: Two Year Part Time

Funding:          BTEI Grant funded (see notes on BTEI)


Programme Overview

This programme is ideally suited to those adults with an interest in Science returning to education after a length of time and unable to commit to a full-time programme. This programme offers the student an opportunity to develop a broad range of scientific knowledge and skills to enable progression to further studies at Level 5 (Post Leaving Certificate) on the National Framework of Qualifications and Third Level as well as enhancing the employability of the student.



Programme Objectives

  • To provide a programme of learning of a broad scientific nature that is flexible in structure so that the student has the maximum opportunity to explore this vocational area of learning
  • To provide the student with vocationally specific scientific knowledge, skill and competence at this level, thus affording the student the opportunity to progress to programmes leading to awards at Level 5 on the NQF
  • To systematically enable the student to develop the scientific language, literacy and numeracy skills embedded in the programme objectives and content


Programme Content


Laboratory   Techniques

Work   Experience


Everyday   Science

Horticulture   Science





This programme offers two subject areas at a time over four terms over a two year period. Participants will still receive national accreditation for each subject completed but will only receive the major award if all required subjects are successfully completed.