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Higher Certificate in Agriculture/BSc in Agriculture

Duration 2 - 3 years
Code CR010, WD126,
Location Ballyhaise, Clonakilty, Kildalton

Awarding Body: QQI
Course Codes: CR010, WD126,
Progression: BSc Agriculture (Level 7) at ITs/Add on Level 8 Degree
BAgrSc Level 8 at UCD 
Location: Three Agricultural Colleges / Institutes of Technology
Application Method: CAO
Maintenance Grant: Application through SUSI (Means Tested)

Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Applicants must apply through the CAO. They must have passes in five Leaving Certificate subjects at ordinary level (grade D3 or better). The subjects passed must include Mathematics and either English or Irish. The standard points system is used to rank applicants. Holders of relevant QQI Awards at Level 5 or Level 6 and mature students may also apply.

Course Aims

These two-year Higher Certificate courses or three year BSc courses, offered jointly by agricultural colleges and Institutes of Technology, are accredited by QQI. The course has been developed to provide the education and training needed by future farmers and skilled workers in the agri-industry.


The following partnerships offer the Higher Certificate in Agriculture/BSc in Agriculture:

  • Clonakilty College, Co Cork and Cork Institute of Technology. Course Code CR010
  • Kildalton College, Co Kilkenny and Waterford Institute of Technology. Course Code WD126
  • Ballyhaise College, Co Cavan and Dundalk Institute of Technology. Course code DKA80/DK685

Career Prospects

As well as careers in farming, people completing this course can aspire to jobs in:

  • Farm Management
  • Environmental Management and Monitoring
  • Agri-Industry
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Quality Control

Course Structure and Content

The course is semesterised and modularised. There are two semesters in each year and students take five to six modules per semester. During the second semester of the second year, students spend a 12-week practical training period on approved host farms.

On successful completion of the programme students are awarded the QQI Higher Certificate in Agriculture. (This qualifies the student for Stamp Duty Exemption and DAFM Schemes.)


Holders of the Higher Certificate in Agriculture are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Science Level 7 in Agriculture at Institutes of Technology and their follow-on Level 8 programmes, or to the BAgrSc Level 8 at UCD.

Those qualifying with a BSC in Agriculture (Level 7) may progress to a Level 8 degree programme where it is offered by the Institute of Technology. Further information is also available from the relevant institute.