Agricultural Science Course

Taught by our experienced and skilled teachers in modern, well equipped labs, our 15 week Agricultural Science course allows students to complete the practical and theory components of the Leaving Certificate syllabus in one year.

Booking is not currently available for this course. For further information on grinds and part-time courses please contact our main office on 01 661 3511.

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 a 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
    Practical lab classes and farm visits are also an essential part of the course, the details of which will be provided by the teacher in class. Read how practical coursework is assessed for the Leaving Certificate exam>>


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.
  • Microbiology
    Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses.
  • Digestion and Animal Nutrition
    Ruminant, Monogastric, Fowl and Horse Digestive 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.
  • Genetics
    Genetic Crosses, Definitions and Applied Genetics.
  • Soil Science
    Composition, Structure.
  • Experiments


Experiments and Practicals

During the course farm visits are organised to both Beef and Sheep and Tillage Farms. 4 weeks of laboratory practicals also take place in our modern, well equipped science laboratories. Experiments covered in these classes cover each of the following designated areas:

  • Plant Physiology.
  • Animal Physiology.
  • Genetics.
  • Microbiology.
  • Ecology.
  • Soil Science.


* 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.

The updated timetable for 2020/21 will be available shortly.

Please note:

  • Classes will proceed subject to sufficient demand.
  • Missed practicals will not be repeated.
  • Holidays and mid-term breaks apply as per the Weekly Grinds schedule.
  • Classes takes place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Fees for 2020/21 will be available shortly.

  • 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

Q: Can I be admitted to class without my card?

A: It is every student’s personal responsibility to ensure they have their card with them each time they attend classes at the Institute. We have the right to refuse admission to any student who does not comply with this regulation. If you have misplaced or have not received your card please come into our reception and we will issue you with a replacement or temporary card.

Q: Is there a place I can get lunch?

A: Yes, we have an onsite canteen serving a variety of sandwiches and drinks. Also, locally, there are sandwich bars and shops.

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 is unwell and cannot attend. Can I have a refund?

A: No, there are no refunds. However, if you return the student’s admission card to us immediately, along with a short letter of explanation, at the discretion of management, a credit note can be put on the student’s file for future use or for use by a sibling.

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.

Agricultural Science Course Study Notes

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