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Sunday 11 December 2016

Allocation of agricultural college places to change

Published 14/12/2011 | 06:00

Teagasc is to implement a new centralised application system in order to streamline the allocation of agricultural college places for 2012.

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The new system will mean that all students who apply for a place in Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture courses in each of the six agricultural colleges will have their applications processed at a central point. All students will then be invited to take an entrance examination at their college of choice. The same exam will be held at the six colleges on the same day next summer. The exam date has been provisionally set for June 27.

Demand for student places at agricultural colleges hit the headlines last summer as the number of applications soared and it appeared that hundreds of students would be turned away.

However, a raft of measures implemented by Teagasc resulted in an increase in the number of places offered. These measures included redeploying staff from advisory to teaching posts, changes in class timetables, the introduction of contract teaching positions and a last-minute reprieve from the recruitment embargo.

As a consequence, enrolments have increased by 180, bringing the total number of enrolments to 1,322.

Teagasc also offered nine new part-time courses at local education centres, with an additional three part-time Certificate in Agriculture courses due to start in the spring.

Some 218 people enrolled in part-time Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture courses this year, while a further 302 people enrolled in existing part-time Advanced Certificate in Agriculture courses. A further 594 learners are also participating in the Advanced Certificate in Agriculture for Award Holders.

Paddy Browne , Teagasc's head of education, said the measures resulted in every college, with the exception of Kildalton, offering places to all students on their respective waiting lists.

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As well as offering horticulture courses from Level 5 up to Level 8 at Warrenstown and the Botanic Gardens, Teagasc offers further education and higher education courses at Ballyhaise, Clonakilty, Kildalton, Gurteen, Mountbellew and Pallaskenry.

The following is a summary of the courses on offer:

Ballyhaise:

- Level 5 Cert in Agriculture.

- Level 5 Cert in Forestry.

- Level 6 Advanced Cert in Dairy Herd Management.

- Higher Cert in Agriculture (CAO application).

Clonakilty:

- Level 5 Cert in Agriculture.

- Level 6 Advanced Cert in Dairy Herd Management.

- Higher Cert in Agriculture (CAO).

Kildalton:

- Level 5 Cert in Agriculture.

- Level 5 Cert in Horse Breeding and Training.

- Level 6 Advanced Cert in Machinery and Crop Management.

- Level 6 Advanced Cert in Dairy Herd Management.

- Level 6 Advanced Cert in Drystock Management.

- Level 5 Cert in Horticulture.

- Higher Cert in Science, Agricultural Science (CAO).

- Higher Cert in Agriculture (CAO).

- Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) in Dairy Business (CAO).

- Bachelor of Science in Horticulture (CAO).

Gurteen:

- Level 5 Cert in Agriculture.

- Level 6 Advanced Cert in Drystock Management.

- Higher Cert in Business in Equine Studies (CAO).

Mountbellew:

- Level 5 Cert in Agriculture.

- Bachelor of Business in Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business (CAO).

- Bachelor of Science in Ag and Environmental Management (CAO).

Pallaskenry:

- Level 5 Cert in Agriculture.

- Level 6 Advanced Cert in Agricultural Mechanisation.

- Higher Cert in Technology in Agricultural Mechanisation (CAO).

Caitriona Murphy

Indo Farming



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