Leaving Cert Agricultural Science can be studied as a one or two year programme, either as a full-time day school student or as an external student as an extra subject.

Subject Group: Science


Course commences September 2020

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Agricultural Science is the study of the science and technology underlying the principles and practices of agriculture. It aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes concerning the factors that affect the long-term well-being of agricultural resources, and places emphasis on the managed use of these resources. It is steadily growing in popularity every year. It is recognised as a laboratory science subject for almost all 3rd level courses including nursing.

It can be a good subject to study with Biology and/or Geography due to the overlap in course content. For our Leaving Cert Agricultural Science course, some experience of farming is desirable but is not a necessity.

Teacher Profile

Niamh Condon
BSc, Ed

Subjects: Leaving Cert Agricultural Science, Biology & Chemistry

Niamh is an experienced science teacher who believes in preparing students for real-world, professional success.

Niamh obtained a Bachelor of Science in Ag Science, Biology, and Chemistry with concurrent teacher education from the University of Limerick. She has also written several revision articles for the Farmers’ Journal newspaper as part of their weekly Leaving Cert Agricultural Science education supplement.

Niamh feels that science-based subjects enrich a student’s educational experience, as they are diverse and rewarding subject areas with real-life applications. Thus, Niamh sees her job as a dual responsibility: both to the development of each student’s scientific literacy, and the nurturing of the students as future scientists.

The Programme covers the following topics:

  • The rearing of animals
  • The growing of crops
  • Soil types
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Animal and plant science

Leaving Cert Agricultural Science Subject Content

The course consists of the study of a variety of aspects of agriculture under the following headings:

  • Soils
  • The general structure and function of plants
  • Farm crops – cereal and roots
  • Farm crops – grassland
  • Trees and shelter
  • Structure and function of the animal body
  • The cow, the sheep, horse, and pig
  • Farm buildings (for school assessment only)
  • Farm-house environment (for school assessment only)

Exam Structure

The examination in Agricultural Science consist of (a) a terminal examination paper and (b) an assessment of the work of the candidate during the course under the headings: identification of plant and animal types associated with agriculture; practical experience with crops, livestock, house and farmyard layouts; investigations carried out related to ecology, soil science, animal physiology, plant physiology, genetics and microbiology.

The examination for this subject is split into two parts as follows:

  1. The Practical Section (Project) and Oral Exam is worth 25% of your overall score.
  2. Written exam is worth 75%
Leaving Cert Agricultural Science

Practical Work

External student who are studying Leaving Cert Agricultural Science as an extra subject at Ashfield College must be aware of the fact that you will need to take two days off from your school during the academic year to perform the practical work involved in the course. Part of this practical course work involves farm visits which constitute a large portion of the project work.

To discuss whether Agricultural Science would be a good choice for your Leaving Certificate call 01 490 4050 and talk to one of our subject experts.

Data Source: Department of Education and Science and www.education.ie – data correct as of 05/06/2014