Agriculture (BSc) (Level 7)
Field of Study
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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 National Framework of Qualifications, 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.
Leaving Cert Subjects:
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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CR010 Course Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus and Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College.
The students attend both Cork Institute of Technology and Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College throughout the course.
For the 2020/2021 Academic year...
On a weekly basis, first year students will attend Clonakilty Agricultural College one day per week, and also attend labs at the Bishopstown Campus for one day per week.
About the Course
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 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 choose to 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 (minimum overall grade of 50% in Year 3 of the programme) 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.
Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate award after two years?
Students who successfully complete Year 2 of this programme and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive the Higher Certificate in Science in Agriculture.
“The Agriculture course in CIT allows you to diversify across all areas in agriculture. The course material is so broad that it offers a sector to suit everyone in agriculture. Rotating between both CIT and Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College was incredibly valuable as it gave me an in depth view of the practical side of agriculture as well as the theory behind running the business side in Agriculture.
In my opinion, my placement was the best experience of my time in college. It helped me to understand exactly what area I wanted to work in and something that still stands to me is that it taught me that there are always different ways of doing things than how they are done at home.
I now work in the food production sector where I work with my parents to run a meat production business in West Cork called Skeaghanore West Cork Duck and also run a dairy operation on my father’s farm. I concentrate mainly on Quality Control, Production Management, New Product Development and Dispatch.
I based my Final Year Project around New Product Development. This allowed me to create a project, which would relate to my future work area. With the help of the college and some external food businesses I got a unique insight into the food-manufacturing sector.
The material covered in the Agriculture Degree in CIT fashioned me into an employee that employers in the food sector want working for them. The material is broad enough to allow a student to go into any sector in food that he or she wishes.”
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
CAO 1st Round:
Entry 2020: 321
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