Demand for agriculture courses doubles in four years
Demand for agriculture, horticulture and food science courses doubled in the four years from 2008 to 2012, according to statistics from the Central Applications Office (CAO).
First preference votes for Level 8 agriculture-related courses jumped by a massive 97.7pc between 2008 and 2012, while first preference votes for Level 6 and 7 courses increased by 99.3pc.
With such strong demand for agriculture courses, it was inevitable that the points requirements would also increase.
In the past five years, the points requirements for the main agriculture courses, such as Agricultural Science in UCD, have risen by a massive 41pc.
In 2012, the average increase across the 20 Level 8 courses linked with agriculture is just under 10 points.
However, many courses surged by a multiple of this.
The biggest jump was in UCC's Food Science, which jumped by 40 points to 405, but food science courses everywhere saw entry requirements rise significantly, with both Food Science in UCD and Food Science and Business up by 25 points each.