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You should possibly consider studying environmental science or environmental engineering in third level.

You would also need to consider if you would like do quite a bit of driving during your day and to be able to oragnise your own work plans as both these things are important.

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Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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DN250 ASC
Agricultural Science - (Animal Science)

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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The Agricultural Science programme is for students who are passionate about land, animals and plants and the food produced from it. If you are unsure which area of Agricultural Science to specialise in you can select the No Preference (NPF) option on application and specialise in second year in one of five areas. DN250 ACP Animal and Crop Production; DN250ASC Animal Science; DN250 EQS Animal Science - Equine; DN250; AST Agricultural Systems Technology; DN250 FAM Food and Agribusiness

The first year offers students a strong foundation in the core sciences, maths and economics. Students do not need to have studied science before. Subjects studie


UCD Agriculture, Food & Nutrition

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To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
CASAC  5M2768  AnimalCare
CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques

Essential Module Requirements:
CASLT - LABORATORY TECHNIQUES; 5M3807 - LABORATORY TECHNIQUES

5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:


C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or min O6/H7 in LCE MathsAnd any two from:


C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology

C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry

C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics


5M2768 - ANIMAL CARE

5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:


C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
(or O6/H7 in LCE Maths)
5N2746 - Biology
(or O6/H7 in LCE Biology)
5N0750 - Animal Anatomy and Physiology

5N0751 - Animal Behaviour

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PWE - Professional Work Experience is an integral part of the programme, takes place in third year and can also be taken abroad. This PWE can be taken as a combination of on-farm, agribusiness and research centre placements.

Graduates find employment in a wide variety of areas including: Animal feed industry, Procurement, processing and marketing of animal products, Education, Consultancy, Farming and Enterprise Management, Journalism.



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