St Brigid's College, Loughrea

Agricultural Science

Agricultural Science
Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science

Subject Overview
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.

Subject Teacher
Helena Kennedy

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

Plant science
Tillage crops – cereal, root and horticultural
Trees and shelter
Animal science
Principles of genetics
Dairy, beef, sheep and pig production
Farm buildings
Farm-house environment
Agriculture and the environment

The examination in Agricultural Science will consist of:

(a) a terminal examination paper (worth 75% of the total mark)

(b) an assessment of the work of the student during the course (worth 25% of the total mark). This course-work will be assessed under the following 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.

Subject Organisation in St. Brigid’s College
Agricultural Science is taught in mixed ability classes.

There are two levels in Agricultural Science, Higher Level and Ordinary Level. Most pupils study Higher Level.

The Science Department of St. Brigid’s is extremely well resourced and these resources are available to students when carrying out their practical investigations.

Students visit an Agricultural College and a number of farms during the course, typically sheep, dairy and beef farms.

Career Prospects
The course is typically aimed at pupils who wish to pursue a career in Agriculture, Horticulture, Zoology, Food science, Microbiology, Forestry, Rural Diversification or Veterinary Medicine.


LC Project - Practical Experience

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31 2023
LC Mock Exams
13 2023
February Mid Term
16 2023
School Closed
17 2023
St. Patricks Day
Well done to our students and staff members who participated in RTE's Mass on Sunday this morning celebrated by Monsignor Cathal Geraghty.
Congratulations to our Cadet B Boys who are the All-Ireland Champions for 2023 after beating Mountrath Community School 2-1 in the final played in NUIG today.
And that's a wrap! Congratulations to everyone involved in our very successful run of Beauty and the Beast - The Musical, which closed with a super final night on Friday last. Well done to our Transition Year students who were excellent throughout.
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St Brigid's College, Loughrea
Co. Galway,

091 841 919

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