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The deadline for submitting applications for agricultural college Level 5 and Level 6 full-time courses is Thursday, 31 May 2018. Interested applicants are advised to submit their application forms in the coming weeks. An online application system has been introduced this year.

Full details of how to apply online can be found on the Apply Online webpage on the Teagasc website,

Agricultural colleges will assist applicants with any queries regarding the online application process.  Late applicants should make contact with the relevant agricultural college.  

In inviting applications for the Teagasc Level 5 and Level 6 full-time courses, Tony Pettit, Head of Education in Teagasc, highlighted the need for a young educated workforce to meet the changing needs of the land sector.  He said; ‘’Agricultural education should be a priority for farm families. The next generation will require more knowledge and skills to be capable farmers or land sector employees.   Teagasc research highlights the strong returns on investment to agricultural education, both to the individual farmer, and the wider agri-food industry ‘’.  

Economic growth is also opening up opportunities in other land sectors such as horticulture; with occupations in landscape and design, nursery stock production and retailing and sports turf management benefitting.  The tightening labour supply will also provide improved employment opportunities in the equine and forestry sectors. 

Teagasc’s suite of full-time agricultural programmes has been substantially updated. The revised full-time programmes, which have recently been validated by QQI, will be introduced in September 2018 at: 

  • Teagasc Ballyhaise College, Co. Cavan
  • Teagasc Clonakilty College, Co Cork
  • Teagasc Kildalton College, Co Kilkenny
  • Gurteen Agricultural College, Co. Tipperary
  • Mountbellew Agricultural College, Co. Galway 
  • Salesian Agricultural College Pallaskenry, Co Limerick

Full-time Level 5 Horticulture Courses are offered at:

  • Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, Botanic Gardens, Dublin.
  • Teagasc Kildalton College, Co Kilkenny.

For horticultural courses, the online application closing date will extend to August 2018. An open day on horticultural courses at Teagasc Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny is taking place on Thursday 17 May. 

A Level 5 forestry course is offered at Teagasc Ballyhaise College.  Equine courses, both Stud Management and Horsemanship, are offered at Kildalton College. 

Full details of Teagasc courses can be obtained from www.teagasc.ie or from agricultural colleges.  

Teagasc is hosting its Education Vision conference highlighting future education needs for the land sector on Tuesday, 5 June at the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny.

Booking details are available at http://ow.ly/6t2j30jUGvS