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Gurteen Agricultural College

Gurteen Agricultural College

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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 QQI, is the introductory course for young people who wish to make their career as farmers. The course is suitable for people seeking employment on farms.

The course consists of a combination of formal course work and a period of practical learning. The formal course work is split 50:50 (approx) between practical/ skills training and classroom (theoretical) sessions. The course consists of a range of mandatory and elective modules. Students choose a cluster of elective modules in one of the following specialisms: dairy production, drystock production, machinery and crop production.

What will you Study?

Work Practice (host farm) 5N1433
Principles of Agriculture 5N20368
Farm Safety and Farm Assurance 5N20371
Soils and the Environment 5N20374
Farm Business and Technology 5N20377
Safe Use of Pesticide Products 5N20380
Communications 5N0690
Constructive Thinking 5N0693
Teamworking 5N1367
Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
Start your Own Business 5N1418
Personal and Professional Development 5N2985
Sheep Husbandry 5N20385
Beef Husbandry 5N20388
Dairy Husbandry 5N20396
Grass Production 5N20399
Tillage Crop Husbandry 5N20402
Potato Production 5N20405
Equipment for Crop Establishment 5N20408
Mechanical Hedge Trimming 5N1748
Chemical Fertiliser Application 5N1750
All Terrain Vehicle Operations 5N1752
Farm Structures 5N20420
Organic Farming Principles 5N20423
Tractor Maintenance 5N20426
Workshop Skills 5N20429
Grassland Machinery 5N20432
Mechanical Pesticide Application 5N20435
Manual Pesticide Application 5N20438
Organic Manure Handling 5N20441
Farm Forestry 5N20453

Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CAGXX 5M2373

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Land Manager   Agricultural Officer  
Landscape Architect / Designer   Biosystems Engineer  
Geotechnician   Food Technologist  
Food Scientist   Food Safety Consultant  
Landscape Manager   Landscape Scientist  
Archaeologist   Horticultural Scientist  
Forestry Professional   Cartographer   
Tree Surgeon/Arborist   Agricultural Scientist   
Animal Nutritionist/Feed Nutritionist   Herd Manager - Dairy  
Agricultural Scientist / Agronomist   Farm Assistant - Dairy  
Greenkeeper / Amenity Horticulturalist   Farmer - Dairy  
Farmer - Dry Stock   Groundsperson  
Horticultural Manager   Farm Manager  
Dairy Industry Research Scientist   Brewer  
Agricultural Adviser   Professional Horse / Event Rider  
Garden Centre Worker   Agricultural Mechanic  
Agricultural Engineer   Apiarist / Commercial Bee Keeper  
Agricultural Technician   Flavourist / Food Chemist  
Laboratory Assistant   Urban Planning Engineer  
Conservation Officer - Nature   Butcher - Retail  
Veterinary Practitioner / Surgeon   Zoologist  
Gamekeeper   Veterinary Nurse  
Animal Breeder   Riding / Equestrian Instructor  
Farrier   Zoo Keeper  
Field Trials Officer   Environmental Consultant  
Soil Scientist   Timber Technologist  
Environmental Technician   Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon  

Related Career Sectors

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
Animals & Veterinary Science
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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