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3 Years (6 Semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
• score the necessary CAO points and
• meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
Holders of relevant NCVA/FETAC (now QQI) awards may apply through the CAO. Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) operates within the NFQ, and has awards (formerly FETAC awards) placed at Level 5 (Certificate) or Level 6 (Advanced Certificate) of the framework.
Formal work placement (minimum of 15 weeks) is an integral element of the course and takes place in Year 2.
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Helpful subjects are English, Mathematics, Biology and Agricultural Science.
The students attend both Cork Institute of Technology and Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College, Co. Cork throughout the programme.
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Agriculture is of major importance in the Irish economy and represents the art and science of growing plants and the raising of animals for food, other human needs, or economic gain. The agri-food sector contributes significantly to Ireland’s GDP, employment and exports. Most Irish farms are family operated, with the farmer being the owner, manager and provider of much of the labour. This wide remit calls for a range of knowledge and skills. In addition, the agri-business sector has been identified as a major sector for growth in the coming years across a range of associated industries.
The students attend both Cork Institute of Technology and Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College throughout the course.
- In Year 1, students typically spend four days in Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College and one day in CIT.
- In Year 2, students typically spend two days in Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College and three days in CIT.
- In Year 3, students typically spend five days in CIT.
The course develops farming, business and management skills to enable graduates to follow careers as successful commercial farmers or in the agribusiness sector. It will provide graduates with the skills they will need to be able to participate actively in policy decisions whether they are local, regional or international – which will influence their profession and its role in a modern economy.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 weeks work placement in Year 2 in an agriculture related business. It will involve a set of agreed objectives for your placement, as well as the assistance of a person on site and a member of the academic staff at Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College or CIT. Students can travel on work placement to international destinations such as New Zealand, Australia, USA, or UK. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to travel and learn simultaneously. Placement can also be organised in Ireland.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the one year add-on
Graduates of the programme can also pursue specialisations in Agriculture with other Higher Education Institutes in Ireland and overseas.
What level of Business is involved in the course?
The programme is taught using one third business modules and two third agriculture or science related modules.
Do I have to be a farmer to study Agriculture?
No. The course has access to the farm resources at Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College necessary to complete the programme.
What are my other career prospects if I don’t want to go into farming?
Graduates can progress to complete the one year add-on BSc (Honours) in Agriculture or pursue employment opportunities with agricultural related business, e.g. sales representative, quality control and production manager.
Are there travel opportunities?
Each year, students undertake placement opportunities overseas, e.g. with large dairy farms in New Zealand. Graduates have travelled abroad to continue their career in agriculture.
Ivan graduated from CIT with a BSc in Agriculture. “Alternating between CIT and Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College was very beneficial as it gave me an in-depth view of the practical side of agriculture while ensuring that the theory and business end was covered also.”
Using his qualification, Ivan began work with Shannonvale Foods in Clonakilty where his role is based in Quality Control. He ensures that the high standards of excellence are maintained through monitoring and controlling of the manufacturing processes at the company.
The course develops farming, business and management skills to enable graduates to follow careers as successful commercial farmers or in the agri-business sector.
It will provide graduates with the skills they will need to be able to participate actively in policy decisions – whether they are local, regional or international – which will influence their profession and its role in a modern economy.
Potential Areas of Employment
• Farm Manager
• Agricultural Consultant
• Sales Representative
• Retail Management
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