These courses enable learners to gain recognition for the achievement of considerable knowledge in a range of subject areas, as for example in the Leaving Certificate and one-year Post Leaving Certificate courses.
Courses may be academic or practical in focus, and awards that are recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to progression opportunities higher up in the framework.
The majority of people with certificates at this level are well prepared for occupations that involve using their knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include office secretary, customer service representatives, special needs assistant, retail salespersons and childcare workers.
Agricultural science is the study of the science and technology underlying the principles and practices of agriculture. Plants and animal types associated with agriculture are studied, and investigations are undertaken into such aspects as soil, ecology, plant and animal physiology, farm crops, farming practices, genetics and microbiology.
Why Study Agricultural Science?
Agricultural Science remains a very popular subject among students in Ireland and reflects our agricultural background. This subject proves popular among students who are planning to study Veterinary Science, Science or Medicine in college.
What kind of Student would Agricultural Science suit?
Some experience of farming would be desirable.
This subject aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes concerning the factors that affect the long-term well-being of agricultural resources, and places emphasis on the managed use of these resources. It is steadily growing in popularity every year. It is recognised as a laboratory science subject for almost all 3rd level courses including nursing.
It can be a good study to subject with Biology and/or Geography due to the overlap in course content. Some experience of farming would be desirable.
The course consists of the study of a variety of aspects of agriculture and is divided into four main strands.
Grass and Other Crops:
The assessment in Agricultural Science consists of:
(a) a terminal examination paper (75%), at both Higher and Ordinary level, lasting 2 and a half hours, examining the following:
(b) (i) portfolio of activities and investigations, including laboratory and field investigations, farm visits and other appropriate activities.
(ii) a student project, through which a topic of agricultural significance is explored in greater depth. This will be based on a theme, which will be set annually by the State Examinations Commission.
Both the portfolio and student project will amount to a combined total of 25% of the student's final grade.
Careers in this area include: Greenkeeping, Horticulture, Food Science, Agricultural Advisers, Agricultural Engineering, Sports Turf Management, Environmental Science, Forestry, Farming, Marine Science, Careers in Renewable Energy and Teaching.