Dungarvan College / Coláiste Dhún Garbhán is a Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board Centre.
Waterford & Wexford ETB

Laboratory Assistant

Laboratory Assistant

Course Description

This programme is designed to give learners the knowledge and practical skills necessary to prepare them for both employment and further studies in a science-related field. The programme will also allow learners the opportunity to complete work experience in a laboratory environment where they can experience the job of a laboratory assistant. This programme is also ideal for learners who are considering further studies in such areas as Biological and Chemical Science, Food Science, Genetics or a Laboratory Apprenticeship programme.

Programme Content

  • Laboratory Skills
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Microbiology
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Health & Safety at Work

Progression Opportunities

  • Science - SETU (reserved places for QQI graduates)
  • Pharmaceutical Science - SETU (reserved places for QQI graduates)
  • Food Science - SETU (reserved places for QQI graduates)
  • Biological and Chemical Science - UCC (reserved QQI places)
  • Genetics - UCC (3 reserved QQI places)
  • Chemical Science - UCC (reserved places for QQI graduates)
  • Science Education - UCC (reserved places for QQI graduates)
  • Nutritional Sciences UCC (reserved QQI places)
  • Food Science - UCC (reserved QQI places)

While we make every effort to ensure that the information is accurate and up-to-date at the time of publication, this information may be subject to changes or amendments by third-level institutions or other sources. Therefore, we recommend that you always verify the information with the relevant institutions or authorities before making any decisions based on it.


  • Awarding Body: QQI
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Award Code: 5M3807
  • Level: 5
  • Award Title: Laboratory Techniques

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme should be able to access laboratory assistant jobs in both science and pharmaceutical sectors e.g. Eurofins in Dungarvan. Graduates of this programme can also access reserved places on a competitive basis for further college studies under the QQI Progression Links Scheme.


Every year a number of learners have the opportunity to travel to another European country for three weeks of fully funded work experience. The students attend work in their vocational area.


College Registration Fee €200

For more information on the Laboratory Assistant course contact the course coordinator Aileen at aileenoconnor@wwetb.ie

Youghal Rd, Cloneety, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, X35 PV34
058 41184
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