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Agriculture

Course Code(s):  5M2373
QQI Award Code:  5M2373 Agriculture
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Westport College of Further Education

Westport College of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2373
QQI Award Code 5M2373 Agriculture
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course, accredited by FETAC/QQI, is the introductory course for young people who wish to take up a career in farming. The course is suitable for people seeking employment on farms or working on their own farms. Graduates of the course are eligible to transfer to linked courses at Institutes of Technology through the Higher Education Links Scheme, gain employment on a farm either in Ireland or abroad or run and manage their own farm enterprise.

What will you Study?

Communications 5N0690
Crop Production Science 5N1730
Animal Production Science 5N2351
Farm Business Organisation 5N2352
Beef Production 5N1737
Sheep Production 5N1735
Agricultural Mechanics 5N1745
Chemical Fertiliser Application 5N1750
Leadership 6N2191
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CAGXX 5M2373

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This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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