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Agriculture Mechanisation

Aims: This course equips the graduate with the knowledge and skills required for working in the farm machinery industry such as agricultural contractors, fabricators and machinery sales, and running an agricultural contracting business.

Programmes: Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Programme & Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Mechanisation).

Duration: Two years

Qualifications: These programmes are validated by QQI  and lead to a Level 5 Certificate in  Agriculture Award  ( 5M20454) and a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture  (6M20486).

Entry Requirements: Applicants must be 17 years old or over on 1st January following entry to Year one. Students, who have completed the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, or equivalent course, are eligible to apply for the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Mechanisation). Applicants with relevant prior learning and/or life experience will also be considered.

Application Process: The initial application should be made for the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Programme.  Applications are made online through the Teagasc public website: https://www.teagasc.ie/education/going-to-college/apply-online/agriculture-courses/

Location

This course is offered at:

  • Ballyhaise Agricultural College
  • Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry, Co Limerick.

Progression

Progression is available through the higher education links scheme or through advanced entry. Please contact the relevant higher education institute for further information.

What will I Study?

Sample content from the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Programme (* Choice of module will be at the discretion of the college / centre):

QQI Code Title Level Credits
5N1433 Work Practice 5 15
5N20368 Principles of Agriculture 5 15
5N20371 Farm Safety and Farm Assurance 5 15
5N20374 Soils and the Environment 5 10
5N20377 Farm Business and Technology 5 10
5N20380 Safe Use of Pesticide Products 5 5
5N20388 Beef Husbandry 5 10
5N20396 Tillage Crop Husbandry 5 10
5N20399 Grass Production * 5 10
  Electives* 5 20

Sample content from Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Mechanisation). Electives allow for specialisation in grassland machinery or general machine maintenance.  

QQI Code Title Level Credits
6N1947 Work Practice 6 15
6N20462 Farm Management and Business Planning 6 10
6N20463 Sustainable Farming in the Environment 6 10
6N20464 Sustainable Farm Development (Capstone) 6 15
6N2243 Farm Equipment Fabrication 6 10
6N20470 Maintenance of Farm Machinery 6 15
6N20475 Mechanical Maintenance of Vehicles 6 15