As part of our agriculture course students have the following options:
2 years at Kildalton College, including a Practical Learning Period working with a host farmer.
Course Structure and Content
The course consists of a combination of formal course work and a period of practical learning on a host farm. The formal course work is split 50:50 between practical/ skills training at Kildalton College enterprise units and classroom (theoretical) sessions. The course consists of a range of mandatory and elective modules.
On successful completion of the course students are awarded the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture. Year 1 (Level 5) of this course does not meet the training requirement for Stamp Duty Exemption. On sucessful completion of Year 2 (Level 6) students can achieve the Green Cert.
The initial application should be made for the Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture Programme. Applications can be made online Application form
What will you study? Subjects for agriculture course
Prospectus: Teagasc Course Prospectus (PDF)
At Kildalton College we run a 2 year, full-time dairy education course. The aim of this course is to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and capabilities for the role of dairy herd technician/manager on their home farm or as an employed farm technician, herd manager.
Each lecturer at Kildalton College carries responsibility for the farm enterprise which they teach. This ensures that the teaching is based on practical experience and good husbandry.
Students who successfully complete the level 6 of this course meet the training requirements for Stamp Duty Exemption and DAFM Schemes.
- Teagasc Level 5 Dairy Herd Management
- Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy Herd Management) Programme
- Dairy Course Details PDF
At Kildalton College we offer a 2 year full-time drystock education option. The aim of this course is to equip the graduate with knowledge, skills and capabilities for a role as a herd – flock manager or farm technician. Graduates of this option may also seek employment opportunities in the broader agri-food sector. Students who successfully complete the level 6 of this course meet the training requirements for Stamp Duty Exemption and DAFM Schemes.
- Teagasc Level 5 Drystock Herd Management
- Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Drystock Management) Programme
- Drystock Course Details
This 2 year full-time Crops and Machinery Management option is offered at Teagasc Kildalton College. This course provides the student with the latest technology, information and management skills necessary for a career in the crop and machinery industry. Students who successfully complete the level 6 of this course meet the training requirements for Stamp Duty Exemption and DAFM Schemes.
- Teagasc Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture
- Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Crops and Machinery)
- Crops and Machinery Course Details
The ‘Green Cert’ refers to a list of land based courses which qualifies a person as a ‘trained farmer’. Having a ‘Green Cert’ is one of the conditions of stamp duty exemption on the transfer of a farm to a close relation such as a son or daughter. It also meets the criteria for schemes or grants that may be available from time to time e.g. Young Farm Scheme.
In Teagasc Kildalton College it is possible to achieve a ‘Green Cert’ on completion of either a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture or the Degree in Agriculture with WIT (a Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture does not meet the requirements for a 'Green Cert').