Fears 66pc will miss out on agri courses
Demand for places pushes up entry requirements by 22pts on average
MORE THAN two-thirds of students who applied to study Agriculture will not get their first choice as demand for agriculture courses soars.
The entry points requirements for agriculture-related courses jumped again this year with increases of up to 55 points in some disciplines.
The entry points requirement for Animal Science rose by 15pc from 350 to 405, the biggest increase in any course offered by UCD. Agricultural Science in UCD leaped from 395 in 2009 to 420 this year, while Food and Agribusiness Management soared from 350 to 390.
Demand for courses in the other agriculture disciplines in UCD also increased.
Forestry was up 10 points on last year to 330. Food Science rose from 380 to 410 and Agri-Environmental Sciences was up 30 points from 350 to 380.
The trend continued for Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management which was up 20 points to 350 in the CAO first round offers.
"Agriculture has been very strong again this year and overall the whole food/agri-business and agriculture degree programmes are thriving," a spokesperson for UCD said.
Only 65 of the 300 students who applied to study Agricultural Science will be offered a place. More than 200 of these applications are from students who put Agricultural Science as their first preference.