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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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DN250 FAM
Agricultural Science - (Food and Agribusiness Management)

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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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The Agricultural Science programme is for students who are passionate about land, animals and plants and the food produced from it. If you are unsure which area of Agricultural Science to specialise in you can select the No Preference (NPF) option on application and specialise in second year in one of five areas.

DN250 ACP
 Animal and Crop Production
DN250ASC  Animal Science
DN250 EQS Animal Science - Equine
DN250 AST Agricultural Systems Technology
DN250 FAM Food and Agribusiness

The first year offers students a strong foundation in the core sciences, maths and economics. Students do not need to have studied science before. Subjects studied include Animal Biology and Evolution, Cell and Plant Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The course includes lectures, laboratory work and tutorials along with independent study.

DN250 FAM This programme combines business and economics with the technology and science involved in the agriculture and food sector.

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DN250 FAM - Agricultural Science - (Food and Agribusiness Management)
UCD (NUI)

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DN250 FAM - Agricultural Science - (Food and Agribusiness Management)
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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PWE (Professional Work Experience). Students spend the second semester of third year working in the food and agribusiness industry in Ireland or abroad

There are also opportunities to study abroad for a semester in third year in colleges in the USA or Australia

This dehree Leads to management careers in the food processing and farm supply industries, financial services, commercial farm advisory services and in the emerging rural development programmes in Ireland and overseas.



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