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 two days a week in Teagasc Agricultural College and three days 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 may 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.
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.