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Agriculture at CIT

This 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.

 


CR 010

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 010
  • Field of StudyAgriculture
  • Type of CourseHigher Certificate,Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Science
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration3 Years (6 Semesters)
  • Level7
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus and Teagasc Clonakilty Agricultural College
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 279
  • CAO Cut offEntry 2019 Round 2: 270
  • Fees

     

     

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.

 

Work Placement

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.

 

Further Studies

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.

 

Question Time

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.

 

 

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements


Leaving Certificate examination 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.

 

Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here  for more information.

 


For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here

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

 

 

Graduate Profiles


Daniel Hickey

“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 Dean
Quality Control

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.

 


CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams. Full details of the modules on these programmes of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture CR010
 


 

 

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