Agricultural science is the study of the science and technology underlying the principles and practices of agriculture. Plants and animal types associated with agriculture are studied, and investigations are undertaken into such aspects as soil, ecology, plant and animal physiology, farm crops, farming practices, genetics and microbiology.
Why Study Agricultural Science?
Agricultural Science remains a very popular subject among students in Ireland and reflects our agricultural background. This subject proves popular among students who are planning to study Veterinary Science, Science or Medicine in college.
What kind of Student would Agricultural Science suit?
Some experience of farming would be desirable.
This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors:
Listed below are the percentage distributions of marks from the 1140 students who sat the Ordinary Level Agricultural Science exam in 2019.
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This subject aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes concerning the factors that affect the long-term well-being of agricultural resources, and places emphasis on the managed use of these resources. It is steadily growing in popularity every year. It is recognised as a laboratory science subject for almost all 3rd level courses including nursing.
It can be a good study to subject with Biology and/or Geography due to the overlap in course content. Some experience of farming would be desirable.
The course consists of the study of a variety of aspects of agriculture and is divided into four main strands.
- Evaluating Evidence
- Working Safely
- Properties (Chemical, Physical, Biological)
Grass and Other Crops:
- Plant Physiology
- Production (Establishment, Management, Harvesting)
- Animal Physiology
- Production (System/Enterprise, Management, Animal Husbandry and Health)
The assessment in Agricultural Science consists of:
(a) a terminal examination paper (75%), at both Higher and Ordinary level, lasting 2 and a half hours, examining the following:
- knowledge and recall of facts related to the principles and practices of Agricultural Science
- application of knowledge and understanding from different areas of the specification to familiar and unfamiliar situations
- scientific inquiry, formulation of hypotheses and design of investigations
- critical thinking, the ability to analyse and evaluate information and to form reasonable and logical argument, based on evidence
- problem solving based on integration, analysis and evaluation of qualitative and quantitative information and data
- understanding of the ehtical, historical, environmental and technological aspects of science, and how it contributes to the social and economic development of society.
(b) (i) portfolio of activities and investigations, including laboratory and field investigations, farm visits and other appropriate activities.
(ii) a student project, through which a topic of agricultural significance is explored in greater depth. This will be based on a theme, which will be set annually by the State Examinations Commission.
Both the portfolio and student project will amount to a combined total of 25% of the student's final grade.
Careers in this area include: Greenkeeping, Horticulture, Food Science, Agricultural Advisers, Agricultural Engineering, Sports Turf Management, Environmental Science, Forestry, Farming, Marine Science, Careers in Renewable Energy and Teaching.
Subject Group: Science
These subjects demonstrate how to explore nature using carefully planned methods, and teach the basic methods and findings of scientific investigation.
Required for 3rd Level?
This subject is not an essential requirement for any courses in the CAO system.