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Friday 19 January 2018

Institute set to announce new Agricultural Science course

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is on the cusp of announcing a new Level 8 degree course in Agricultural Science, the Farming Independent understands.

WIT already has a Level 7 Bsc in Agriculture. A Level 8 degree, or honours degree, usually takes four years, while a Level 7 degree takes three years.

At the moment, it is unclear whether the new course will be ready in time for the 2014 CAO list of courses for this current crop of Leaving Cert students, but the move will open up new opportunities for students in the near future.

The new course is expected to replace the existing Level 7 Agricultural Science degree course and is aimed at meeting growing demand from students.

The points for many WIT agriculture and food courses have increased by 10-30 points in the past year.

The Level 7 Bsc in Agriculture points requirement climbed by 25 points to 380 points in 2012, while the Bsc in Agricultural Science jumped by 30 points to 410 points. Similarly, Level 7 BSc in Food Science with Business increased from 245 to 255 points.

Other courses on offer in WIT include the Level 8 BSc in Land Management and the Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Food Science and Innovation.

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