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Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy Herd Management)

Duration 1 Year
Code 6M20486
Location Ballyhaise, Clonakilty, Gurteen, Kildalton, Mountbellew, Pallaskenry

Awarding Body: QQI
Location: Ballyhaise College, Clonakilty College, Gurteen College, Kildalton College, and 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 completed the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture, or equivalent course, are eligible to apply. Selection for places is by interview, which is held in June/July.

Course Aims

The course provides in-depth knowledge of dairying and the dairy industry. It is designed to ensure that participants acquire the high level of technical and managerial skills required:

  • To run a modern commercial dairy farm enterprise.
  • To gain employment in the agri-business sector.

Locations

The course is offered at the following colleges: Ballyhaise, Clonakilty, Gurteen, Kildalton, and Salesian Agricultural College, Pallaskenry.

Course Structure and Content

Students spend 20 weeks on course work in the college.

In addition students complete a 12 week practical learning period on an approved training host farm. While most complete this in Ireland, there are opportunities for completing the practical learning period in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

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

Students who achieve merit or distinction in the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture are eligible to apply to Waterford IT/Cork IT for direct entry to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Level 7) or direct entry into Year 3 of the Level 7 BSc in Agriculture at Dundalk IT. Students are also eligible to apply for the Teagasc Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management.