Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Science - 5M5267

This Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science course is aimed at students who want to develop their knowledge of Nutrition, Health Promotion & Food Science. The applied nature of this programme focuses on the relationship between food and health and the study of food from a scientific view point. This course provides successful students with the knowledge, competency and entry requirements necessary to access numerous science based programmes at Third level colleges throughout Ireland. The course also provides students with the necessary skills to gain employment in the food industry.


  • Prepare participants for specialised degree programmes in Nutrition, Health Promotion & Science courses in Higher Education Colleges throughout Ireland, progression routes in the North West include IT Sligo & St. Angelas college, Letterkenny IT and GMIT.

  • Enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to independently analyse, quantify and report on the physical, chemical and biochemical nature of foods and the principles of Nutrition, Health Promotion and Food Technology.

  • Gain practical knowledge and competence in applied work practices including adherence to health and safety procedures in the workplace.


  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent
  • Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here


  • Nutrition & Health Promotion 5N2006

  • Dietetics 5N3736
  • Food Processing 5N5245
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749

  • Microbiology 5N0737

  • Food Chemistry 5N2748
  • Food Safety & HACCP 5N5266
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356


Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths (5N1833) as an extra module.


QQI Level 5 Award in Food Science (5M5267)


The following are examples of courses to which students' progress from this programme;

ATU - Sligo

Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any IT Sligo programme through the CAO system.

ATU - Galway

ATU - Letterkenny

St. Angela’s College Sligo (ATU)

  • Students on this course are eligible for the access to Post Primary (APT) programme in St. Angela's / NUIG. A limited number of places on their teaching courses are offered based on QQI PLC results.
  • LS BSc in Food & Business Management Level 8


  • Registration: €200

  • Deposit: €50

  • QQI Examination Fees: €50

  • Materials Fees: €150

TOTAL: €450

(The following exemption may apply: Medical Card Holders - €50 Exam Fee)


This is full-time one-year course and runs from September to May


Phone 071-9145480 or email


A new National Common Awards System (CAS) is being introduced by QQI for Further Education and Training programmes. Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in 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 Institute and a student or third party.