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Points race continues for Ag Science

The points for agricultural science and farming-related courses jumped again this year as the buoyancy in the sector continues to attract high-achieving students.

owever, overall the CAO shows a significant 19pc drop in first preference applications for agriculture and horticulture courses this year - down from 811 to 658.

The rise in points this year for most of the courses comes on top of a large increase in points in 2014, as agriculture has been touted as a mainstay of the economy in recent years .

"The number of applications this year has decreased for the programmes, yet on many of our courses the points have increased," said UCD's Damien Dempsey.

The points for UCD's Agricultural Science rose by five points in the first round offers to 470 points, while the Horticulture and Agri-Environment course, which climbed 70 points last year, was up a further 15 at 410.

In UCC, points for Food Science jumped by 15 to 460, while in Waterford's Institute of Technology the Agricultural Science course was up five points at 415.

Mr Dempsey also urged those students who may not have received an offer to consider the many other options available including FETAC courses.

He said there were "excellent opportunities" out there for agricultural science graduates.

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