Certificate in Applied Laboratory Science

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Aim of Programme

Aim of Programme

The main aim of the programme is to provide learners of all backgrounds with the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in the Biopharma and Med-Technology sectors. In particular, this program will provide the skills for individuals to be effective in a laboratory environment as they work towards the role of diagnostic assistant level and/or laboratory assistant level.

Participation in this programme will provide a pathway to becoming a diagnostic technologist laboratory assistant for graduates in the future.


  • 6
    NFQ Level
  • 30

Programme Content

Programme Content

  • Introduction to Biopharmaceutical Science

  • Introduction to Quality Assurance and Management

  • Laboratory Techniques and Quantitative Analysis

  • Learning and Development and Work-based Learning

  • Introduction to Applied Microbiology

  • Aseptic Practices

  • Diagnostic Immunotechnology

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Mature applicants (i.e over 23 years) or Leaving Certificate – Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish) or any QQI Level 5 or Recognition of Prior Learning.


Delivery Method

Delivery Method

The lectures will be delivered through a combination of online and facilitated classroom-based workshops. These workshops will take place at the Athlone Institute of Technology.

Students must also attend six full days (three per semester) in a laboratory environment at Athlone Institute of Technology.

Saturdays (Laboratory Dates in AIT)

Semester 1 (2020): September 26, October 10, November 7, November 21
Semester 2 (2021): January 16, January 30, February 27, March 13



AIT Induction Sessions will take place on Friday 18th September 2020, 6.00pm to 9.00pm, Saturday 19th September 2020, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

All registered students must attend one session, and you will be advised of your session when your application is processed. This is a face to face induction, where registered students will meet their lecturers and become acquainted with AIT operating systems, such as our online delivery platform, Moodle, Rules and Regulations etc.

All current regulations and public health guidelines in relation to social distancing will be in place at these sessions.



1 year: 24 weeks

Tuesday and Thursday 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Saturdays (Laboratory Dates in AIT)

Semester 1 (2020): September 26, October 10, Novemver 7, November 21
Semester 2 (2021): January 16, January 30, February 27, March 13

Programme Fee

€1,250 Full academic year


Tuesday 7 pm – 22 September 2020


Yvonne Sarsfield – [email protected]

Tel: +353 (0)90 6483055