Ag courses' points rise as demand soars again
A surge in demand for agriculture-related college courses has led to entry requirements increasing for the fourth year in a row.
A view that farming has bucked the trend economically was reflected in stronger demand for third-level courses in animal husbandry, animal sciences and food processing as more students sought out professional qualifications in the sector.
Last year's sharp increase in the CAO points requirement for Animal Science in UCD -- which rose by more than 50 points -- was maintained, with the entry level lifting to 420 from 410 points.
It was a similar story with the other main agriculture courses. The points needed for Agricultural Science and Food Science at UCD were also up, with the former rising from 420 to 430 and the latter 410 to 430.
Dairy Science in UCC saw a sharp increase in the points requirement, with the cut-off lifting by 30 points to 365.
Forestry in UCD was also up by 30 points, going from 330 to 360, while the college's Dairy Business degree went from 370 points to 410.
This year also saw increased demand for veterinary qualifications. The points for Veterinary Medicine rose to 565 from 560, while Veterinary Nursing increased from 435 to 450.
Entry levels for the Equine Science and Food Science and Health courses in the University of Limerick were unchanged at 335 and 360 respectively.