Agricultural Science Course

Commencement date: Wednesday 17th November

Taught by our experienced and skilled teachers our online 16 week Agricultural Science course allows students to complete all the necessary components of the Leaving Certificate syllabus. 75% of the course is covered in 5th year and the rest of the course, along with the required project is completed in 6th year.

All classes will also be recorded live and you will have access to these recordings to replay and re-watch the classes as often as you want, until the end of the 2022 State exams.

Students enrolling in this course after the commencement date will receive access to recordings of the classes that have already taken place since the start of the course. In addition, students will receive the full suite of notes to accompany the recordings of the classes that have taken place.

Please see below for more information on the course syllabus, timetable and fees.

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The Institute of Education allows students to take up Agricultural Science as an extra subject for the Leaving Certificate and complete it in one year*. This is an excellent option for students already studying Biology and/or Geography as there is overlap in course content. It is also recognised as a laboratory science subject for almost all 3rd level courses including nursing.

 

Course Overview

The following is some information to enable students to get the very most out of the Wednesday evening Agricultural Science Leaving Cert classes in The Institute of Education.

  • Class format
    Classes have an online lecture format and will move quickly and may be different to classes students already have in their full-time school.
  • Time & commitment
    This course requires a lot of work outside the 2 hours of class time per week. Students must be aware of this and must incorporate their Ag Science study into their normal study week. Students will pick up new material faster if they have read through the next topic BEFORE the next class. The teacher will be giving a large amount of homework to be completed and handed up by the next class. Students will also be required to study for weekly tests. Any student that cannot give this level of work and time commitment to the subject will not achieve their optimum grade in the final Leaving Certificate exam.
  • Refund of fees
    Students may leave the class and receive a refund of fees any time before the 2nd week of classes. After this time it is assumed students are fully enrolled and committed to the course.
  • Practical lab classes and farm visits
    While experiments and practicals are part of the course, we will be waiting for further updates and confirmation from the Department of Education this month about how they will go ahead.

 

Course Content

This course provides students with everything they need to maximise their marks in the practical and written aspects of this course, from detailed and comprehensive study notes to dedicated farm trips and laboratory practicals.

  • Grassland
    Grassland Management, Silage and Hay Making, Reseeding.
  • Animal Physiology
    Ruminant, Monogastric Digestion, Animal Nutrition, Reproductive Systems.
  • Dairy Production
    Calf Rearing, Lactation and Breeding Management.
  • Beef Production
    Beef Husbandry, Diseases, Suckler Cows.
  • Sheep production
    Lambing, Breeding , Diseases.
  • Crops
    Disease, Pest and Weed Control, Soil Preparation, Cover Crops.
  • Cereal Production
    Barley, Wheat, Oats and Maize.
  • Root Crop Production
    Potatoes and Fodder Beet.
  • Plant Biology
    Photosynthesis, Transpiration, Plant Classification, Plant Physiology.
  • Genetics
    Genetic Crosses, Definitions and Applied Genetics.
  • Soil Science
    Composition, Structure, Soil Management, Fertilisers, Environment, and Pollution.
  • Experiments
  • Scientific Practices
    Scientific Method, Evaluating Evidence.
  • Health and Safety
    Safe Work Practices on a Farm, Machinery, Technology, Sustainability.

 

Coursework Information

The project in Agricultural Science is worth 25%. It involves completing the Individual Investigative Study (IIS) and preparing a portfolio of all mandatory experiments completed. The IIS is based on a theme released every year, it involves visiting a farm and carrying out an experiment. A physical experiment must be carried out, the experiment can be based on a farm or it can be carried out at home based on an idea formed from visiting a farm. Research must also be carried out on your chosen topic.

For this course, your experiment will be carried out at home as there is no lab access, this may involve you buying some equipment to help you complete the experiment. There have been no amendments made to the project for the year 2021, the project is due in April 2023.

 

Continuous assessment

As part of this course, you will have weekly online tests based on the previous weeks topic.  There will be some larger weekly tests when we are finished with a complete topic, e.g. soil science. There will also be 2 onsite exams held during the course, more details on dates to follow.  The pace of this course is very fast and you will be required to work on your own initiative. Directions and guidance will be given on the project but students are expected to carry out the experiment and research in their own time at home. You also must read the next week’s notes before class so you are prepared for the fast paced class.

 

Leaving Certificate Exam

The Agricultural Science course has been changed and a new course has been implemented with the Leaving Cert in 2021 being the first sitting of the new course. Therefore there are limited exam paper questions based on the new course. In the notes provided, there are questions at the end of each topic and exam questions from the old course.  The new exam is made of 2 sections, Section A is short answer questions and Section B is long answer questions. It has been amended since the year 2021 to allow for an increased choice of questions.

 

Experiments and Practicals

While experiments and practicals are part of the course, we will be waiting for further updates and confirmation from the Department of Education this month about how they will go ahead.

 

* Students taking any subject independently must inform their schools. The Institute of Education accepts no responsibility for students who fail to do so or who fail to apply to sit the subject in the Leaving Certificate.

Timetable for 2021/22

Class times: Every Wednesday at 17:30 – 19:30

The course will take place weekly over 16 weeks commencing on Wednesday 17th November.
All classes will take place online.
All classes will also be recorded live and you will have access to these recordings to replay and re-watch the classes as often as you want, until the end of the 2022 State exams.

Please note:

  • Classes will proceed subject to sufficient demand.
  • 6th Year students will need to attend the school for 2 written tests.
  • Labs experiments will be recorded and made available to students to view in your own time.
  • Missed practicals will not be repeated.
  • Login credentials will be emailed to students within two working days of course booking.

Fees for 2020/21

The fee for this 16 week course is €995.

  • Credit Card payments accepted
  • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, attending the same courses. Please contact our office to avail of this discount.
  • Fees are non-transferable
  • Login credentials will be emailed to students within two working days of course booking.

Q: Are the classes conducted ‘lecture style’ or are students free to ask questions?

A: Our teachers are very approachable and students are free to ask questions.

Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course. Can we buy the notes?

A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from classes that I was absent from?

A: Yes, however you must deal directly with your teacher in relation to this. Administration staff do not have access to class notes.

Q: How do I access my class:
A: Login details will be emailed to students approx. two working days after booking.

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