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Agricultural Science

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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Agricultural Science is the application of science and other disciplines (e.g. business) to the production of quality food. It encompasses a wide range of services provided to farmers and other food producers to ensure quality standards and profitable production systems.

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What is the BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science course?

The purpose of the course is to prepare students for a career in the areas of agricultural science and agri-business. The graduate of this programme will have a strong background in the areas of science, food, agriculture, the environment, business and quality assurance.

Self-management, team working, business awareness, problem solving, land management and communication are all areas which will be strongly incorporated into the main core of this level 8 programme.

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WD191 - Agricultural Science
Waterford IT

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WD191 - Agricultural Science
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Essential Module Requirements:
3 Distinctions

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Graduates from this course can expect to find employment in the following areas: • Senior technical positions in Quality Control in agri-food industries • Sales & Marketing Departments of agri-businesses • Technical personnel in organisations offering environmental and other services to farmers • Start-up Agricultural-based businesses • With further qualifications, graduates are qualified to teach agricultural science, work in farm advisory services and follow postgraduate studies • The course fulfils the requirements for stamp duty exemption or land transfer for young farmers (Green Cert.) Follow on Study Graduates may proceed to postgraduate study, either research or taught, at WIT or other third-level colleges.

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