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Agriculture Courses

As part of our agriculture course students have the following options:

Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture.

Duration: 1 Year full time (26 weeks at Kildalton College and 8 weeks Practical Learning Period on a host farm)

Course Structure and Content:

This course provides the first year of education and training for people wishing to farm on a full-time or part-time basis. It is accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

This course consists of a combination of formal course work and a period of practical learning on a host farm. As part of the course, students spend 26 weeks at Kildalton college and 8 weeks completing a practical learning period at a Teagasc registered host farm. The formal course work is split 50:50 between practical/skills training at Kildalton College enterprises and classroom (theoretical) sessions. The course consists of a range of mandatory and elective modules. This course normally starts at the end of August and finishes in mid-May the following year. 

 Students must pass all module components, 50% is the pass mark for all modules. The 8 weeks practical learning period takes place in March and April each year.

Application Process:

Applications should be made on the Teagasc website for Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture. The closing date fro applications to this course is the 30th of June 2022. Applications can be made online Application form

Fees: 

The fees for this course are 990. Please note, where an applicant is the holder of a major award at Level 6 or higher, an additional course charge of 1000 is applied.

Entry requirements: Students who have completed the Leaving Certificate are likley to benefit most from this course, however, the Leaving Certificate is not required. Students applying for this course in 2022 must be 17 years of age by the 1st of January 2023.

What will you study?

As part of this course, students specialise in either:

Dairy Husbandry

Sheep Husbandry

Tillage Crop husbandry

Core subjects include:

Principals of Agriculture

Farm Safety and Farm Assurance

Soils and the Enviroment

Farm Business and Technology

Grass Production

Safe use of Pesticide Products

 

Progression

All stduents who successfully complete the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture are automatically offered a place on the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture. These include Advanced Certificate in Crops and Machinery Management, Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management or Advanced Certificate in Drystock Management, all of which are available at Kildalton College.

Please note that at the end of this year, students have not completed the requirements for young trained farmer and stamp duty exemption. Students are required to complete one of the Advanced Certificate courses to achieve this status.

All students who successfully complete the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture can apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme to use their QQI Level 5 award to apply through the CAO for a place in the first year of a higher education programme.

Prospectus: Teagasc Course Prospectus (PDF)

 

Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management

Graduates of the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture can apply for the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management. This is a 1 year full time course offered at Kildalton College starting at the end of August and finishing in May the following year. It consists of 16 weeks course work at Kildalton College and 16 weeks practical learning period with a Teagasc registered host dairy farm. 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 eneterprise which they teach. This ensures that 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.

Applications should be made on the Teagasc website for Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Diary Herd Management. The closing date for applications to this court is the 30th of June 2022.

Apply Online: Application Form

Fees:

The fees for this course are 990. Please note where an applicant is a holder of a major award at Level 6 or higher, an additional cost of 1,000 is applied.

Employment Prospects

On completion of the course many students go on to manage their own dairy farm or manage commercial dairy farms for others. Opportunities also exist in the agri business sector, food processing companies and with the agri services/supply sector.

Progression

Students wishing to continue their studies in the dairy production industry and a career as a farm manager can progress on to the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management Level 7.

Graduates with Merit/Distinction may also apply to transfer into year 2 of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at WIT. Applications for advance transfer into this course are made via the CAO system. For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Click Here

Course details

Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Drystock Management

Graduates of the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture can apply for the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Drystock Herd Management.  This is a 1 year full time course offered at Kildalton College starting at the end of August and finishing in May the following year. It consists of 16 weeks course work at Kildalton College and 16 weeks practical learning period with a Teagasc registered host Drystock farm. 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 seeks 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.

Employment Prospects

On completion of this course students may return to their own drystock enterprise or work as a farm manager on a commercial farm. Opportunities also exist in the agri business sector, food processing companies and with the agri services/supply sector.

Progression

Graduates of this course with a Merit/Distinction award are eligible to apply to transfer into year 2 of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at SETU. Applications for advance transfer into this course are made via the CAO system. For information on the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Click Here

Course details: 

Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Crops and Machinery:

Graduates of the Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture can apply for the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Crops and Machinery Management. This is a 1 year full time course offered at Kildalton College starting at the end of August and finishing in May the following year. It consists of 16 weeks course work at Kildalton College and 16 weeks practical learning period with a Teagasc registered host Tillage farm. This course has been developed for students seeking specialised training in machinery operations, fabrication and crop husbandry.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.

Course details:

 

Employment Prospects:

On completion of this course, students may return to manage their own tillage farm. There are also many employment opportunities in the arable farming industry, machinery acontracting and machinery service industry.

Progression:

Holders of the Advanced Certificate in Crops and Machinery Management (Lvl 6) with merit or distinction are eligible to apply for the second year of the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at SETU. Applications for advance transfer into this course are made via the CAO system.

Part time:

Green Cert

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 SETU (a Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture does not meet the requirements for a 'Green Cert').

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