Higher Certificate
Programme Code: TA_SPRTC_C
Mode of Delivery:Part Time
No. of Stages:4
NFQ Level:6
Embedded Award:No
Programme Credits:120
Language of Instruction:English
CAO Code:
CAO Code:The Preparation for Work module of 5 credits is not included in the GPA calculation. All students on the Springboard programs must complete this module.

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to :

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)Describe the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Food Manufacturing industry – history and future directions.
 (b)Describe the organisational structure within the different sectors
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)Describe Manufacturing Processes
 (b)Understand the relevance of Microbiology to high-end manufacturing
 (c)Understand the Fundamentals of Science
 (d)Understanding of the principles of HACCP and GMP
 (e)Follow the QC testing pathways in the manufacturing processes
 (f)Understand the key steps in good Supply Distribution Practice / Warehousing
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)Apply Good Documentation Practice.
 (b)Adhere to Regulatory Standards.
 (c)Complete Mathematical Calculations
 (d)Identify Critical Process Parameters.
 (e)Identify and improve manufacturing processes and procedures within the product life-cycle
PO4Skill - Selectivity
 (a)Recognise and take corrective action when a manufacturing process is out of control
 (b)Recognise and take corrective action when quality systems are insufficient or not being followed
 (c)Suggest improvements to continuously improve defined processes.
 (d)Identify the hazards in a manufacturing process and recommend appropriate controls
PO5Competence - Context
 (a)Participate in manufacturing audits and make appropriate recommendations
 (b)Work as part of a team in development in the modification of an existing process
 (c)Follow good hygiene practice and contamination controls
 (d)Follow SOPs in manufacturing, health and safety and quality systems
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)Take responsibility to implement relevant Policies and Procedures.
 (b)Participate in cross-functional continuous improvement projects.
 (c)Participate in audits and make appropriate recommendations
 (d)Display time management skills
PO7Competence - Learning to Learn
 (a)Take effective ownership of learning assignments
 (b)Take corrective action in response to feedback provided on written or practical work
 (c)Identify and apply good work practice methods
 (d)Be accountable for ongoing learning through the assimilations of any new
PO8Competence - Insight
 (a)Reflect on the importance of ethical standards in manufacturing.
 (b)Reflect on the importance of food/ pharmaceutical/medical device manufacturing in society

Stage Schedules

Stage 1

Module Code Module Title
FOOD H1005 Manufacturing and Processing in the Food Industry
FOOD H1006 Food Regulatory Affairs
FOOD H1007 Food Microbiology
LEAR H1006 Learning to Learn at 3rd Level (Science)

Stage 2

Module Code Module Title
QUAL H1003 HACCP as part of Quality Systems in Food Manufacturing
PROC H1003 Process Improvement
MATH H1063 Applied Maths for food science
Module Code Module Title
WORK H1001 Preparation for work

Stage 3

Module Code Module Title
PROC H2000 Fundamentals of Science for Process Operators
GMPQ H2005 GMP 1/Quality Assurance
MANU H2003 Manufacturing Process Tech Pharma
MNGT H1009 Utilities and Facilities Management

Stage 4

Module Code Module Title
PHAR H2004 Pharmaceutical Science
GMPQ H2006 GMP2/Quality Control
MEDI H1000 Introduction to Medical Device Manufacture
SAFT H2000 Occupational Safety and Environmental Safety for the Food Industry