Galway Community College
Further Education

Biomedical Science / Laboratory Techniques

Biomedical Science / Laboratory Techniques


QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M3807

Co-ordinator: Thomas Flanagan


Course Outline

The course is designed to provide the learner with a good foundation in Science and Math's, along with practical laboratory experience. There is a focus on biomedical knowledge, sterilization techniques, material science, and good communication skills. This course can be used as an access route to many third level science degree programs.



€175 GCC Student Services Fee applies to all learners.

€50 QQI Certification Fee applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact .

Work Experience

This will take place in the laboratories of industries e.g. biomedical, pharmaceuticals, food sciences as well as some public institutions. Work experience gives students a clear idea of what they can expect in a career in a modern laboratory or industry.

Special Features

This course will provide the learner with both knowledge and experience in general sciences with a specific focus on biomedical/pharmaceutical science.

Students will visit and gain work experience working with some of the many established bio medical companies here in Galway.

Entry Requirements

FETAC Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.


For information please visit our Progression Page under Student Supports

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points in a PLC course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

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