Agricultural Science Course

14th October – 16th December 2020

Taught by our experienced and skilled teachers our online 20 week Agricultural Science course allows students to complete all the necessary components of the Leaving Certificate syllabus in one year.

NOTE: If you are in 6th Year and looking to book this course, please contact out office and one of the team will be able to facilitate this for you. 5th Year students may book though the button below.

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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.
  • 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


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 2021.


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 no exam paper questions based on the new course, only sample questions which will be released in due 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 for the year 2021 to allow for an increased choice of question.


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 2020/21

14th Oct - 16 Dec 2020Wednesday17:30 to 19:30
6th January - 31st March 2021Wednesday17:30 to 19:30

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.
  • Holidays and mid-term breaks apply as per the Weekly Grinds schedule.
  • Login credentials will be emailed to students within two working days of course booking.

Fees for 2020/21

€995 (For New Students)

*NOTE* 6th Year students who are continuing this subject from 5th Year are eligible for a discount. To avail of this please contact our reception team on 01 661 3511.

  • 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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