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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Ballyhaise Agricultural College

Ballyhaise Agricultural College


 

Agriculture


Code:  5M2373
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Course Summary

This is a one year introductory course in practical agriculture. The course commences in September when students complete a programme of practical based training in the full range of farm enterprises. In February students complete a 12 week Practical Learning Period with an approved host farmer. This provides an opportunity to gain experience in the management of a commercial farm at first hand. They then return to the college in May for 2 weeks to complete the course work. Prospective applicants should contact the college for the latest information available. This course acts as an entry route for the Advanced Certificate ( Level 6) courses which is the standard required to qualify for state incentives or Revenue relief.

Career or Further Progressions Routes

This course, accredited by FETAC, is the introductory course for young people who wish to make their career as farmers. The course is suitable for people seeking employment on farms. Graduates of the course are eligible to:

  • Progress to a Level 6 Green Cert or an Advanced Certificate in Agriculture programme
  • Transfer to Year 2 of the Higher Certificate in Agriculture or a BSc in Agriculture at an Institute of Technology
  • Transfer to linked courses at Institutes of Technology through the Higher Education Links Scheme

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