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Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Drystock Management)

Duration 1 year
Code 6M20486
Awarding Body QQI
Location Ballyhaise College, Clonakilty College, Gurteen College, Kildalton College, Mountbellew College, and the Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry (These locations are subject to change)
Application Apply Online 
Maintenance Grant Teagasc Grant Scheme (Means Tested)


Entry Requirements

Students who have successfully completed the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, or equivalent course, are eligible to apply. Selection for places may include an interview.

Course Aims

This full-time course equips students with the husbandry and management skills to run a successful drystock farm. It also prepares graduates for further training in farm management, farm work abroad and careers in agri-industry.


The one-year course is offered at Ballyhaise, Clonakilty, Gurteen, Kildalton and Mountbellew Colleges.

Course structure and content

Students spend 20 weeks at the college and spend a further 16 weeks on-farm practical learning period on an approved host farm.

On successful completion of the course students are awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture. 

Students who successfully complete this course meet the training requirements for Stamp Duty Exemption and DAFM Schemes.


Progression is available through the higher education links scheme. To get full details of the range of Higher Education institutions and programmes available under the scheme, please contact the admissions office of the individual Higher Education institution or visit www.cao.ie.

Holders of a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture can apply for advanced entry into certain degree programmes. Places are limited. Additional information can be accessed via the relevant college website.

Many graduates progress into employment in roles such as herd managers.