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BSc in Science, Agricultural Science

Duration 3 years
Code WD078
Location Kildalton

Awarding Body: Waterford IT 
Location: Kildalton / Waterford IT 
Progression: BSc (Honours) in Land Management at WIT
BAgrSc Level 8 at UCD
Application: CAO 
Maintenance Grant: Application through SUSI (Means Tested)

Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Places are offered through the CAO. The minimum entry requirements for standard applicants are a pass in five subjects (ordinary level) in the Leaving Certificate to include Mathematics and English or Irish or an equivalent qualification. If there are more applicants than places the standard points system is used to rank applicants. Mature students and holders of QQI awards at Level 5 and Level 6 may also apply through the CAO.

Course Aims

The aim of this three-year third level course is to train people for the agri-service industry, as field or laboratory technicians or sales personnel.

Location

This course is delivered jointly by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Kildalton College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny. Students follow a comprehensive programme of study utilising the appropriate disciplines in each institution. The laboratory-based scientific and allied subjects are taken in WIT and the agricultural subjects in Kildalton.

Course Structure and Content

The course is semesterised and modularised. There are two semesters in each year and students take six modules per semester. In Year 1, semester one students are full-time at Waterford IT, students spend one day/week at Kildalton in semester two. In Year 2 students spend three days per week in Waterford IT and two days per week at Kildalton College.

Year 1

Subjects include: biology, chemistry, computer applications, maths, physics.

Year 2 & 3

Subjects include: soil management, animal production, crop production, mechanisation and safety analysis, food microbiology, statistics, environment, quality assurance and business. On successful completion of the course students are awarded the BSc in Science, Agricultural Science. This award meets the training requirement for Stamp Duty exemption and DAFM Schemes.

Progression

Holders of the BSc in Science, Agricultural Science from WIT are eligible to progress to the add-on BSc (Honours) in Land Management at WIT. Further information is also available from WIT.