Agricultural Science Course


Wednesday 6 November 2019 – Wednesday 11 March 2020
Ag Science Grinds: 5th & 6th Year Grinds

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 Cert syllabus in 1 year.

Why take Agricultural Science as an extra subject for the Leaving Certificate?

  • It is a good option for students already studying Biology and/or Geography as there is overlap in course content.
  • It is recognised as a laboratory science subject for almost all 3rd level courses including nursing.

Students attending the Agricultural Science Course at the Institute receive the following:

  • 2 hours tuition per week
  • Weekly class tests
  • Weekly homework assignments that are marked by the class teacher
  • 4 weeks of laboratory practicals in our modern, well equipped science laboratories.
  • Farm visit

Please note:

  • Missed practicals will not be repeated.
  • 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.
  • Classes will proceed subject to sufficient demand.
  • Classes do not take place during Halloween Mid-Term break and Christmas holidays.


The Institute of Education 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. .

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.

1.    The classes run for 2 hours each week from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The classes will include teaching of new material and a test on the previous week’s topic.

2.    Students will pick up the new material faster if they have read through the next topic BEFORE the next class.

3.    The classes will have a lecture format and will move quickly and may be different to classes students already have in their full time school.

4.    This course will require a lot of work and study outside the 2 hours of class time per week. Students must be aware of this and must incorporate their Agricultural Science study into their normal study week. Students should also note that the teacher will be giving a large amount of homework questions to be completed and handed up by the next class. Students will also be required to study for the 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.

5.    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.

6.    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.

For full details on how Agricultural Science practical coursework is assessed for the Leaving Certificate exam, please read the following document>>

Course Content:
1. Grassland including Grassland Management, Silage and Hay Making, Reseeding.
2. Microbiology – Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses.
3. Digestion and Animal Nutrition including Ruminant, Monogastric, Fowl and Horse Digestive Systems
4. Dairy Production – Calf Rearing, Lactation and Breeding Management
5. Beef Production – Beef Husbandry, Diseases, Suckler Cows
6. Sheep production – Lambing, Breeding , Diseases.
7. Crops – Disease, Pest and Weed Control, Soil Preparation, Cover Crops.
8. Cereal Production – Barley, Wheat, Oats and Maize
9. Root Crop Production – Potatoes and Fodder Beet
10. Plant Biology – Photosynthesis, Transpiration
11. Genetics – Genetic Crosses, Definitions and Applied Genetics
12. Soil Science – Composition, Structure
13. Experiments

Experiments and Practical:
Farm Visit organised to both Beef and Sheep and Tillage Farms.

Experiments covered in the Lab Classes to cover each of the designated areas of:
a) Plant Physiology
b) Animal Physiology
c) Genetics
d) Microbiology
e) Ecology
f) Soil Science


Start DateEnd DateTimesWeeks
Wednesday 6 November 2019Wednesday 11 March 20205.30pm – 7.30pm15

Please note: Classes do not take place during Halloween, mid-term break and Christmas holidays.


The fee for the Agricultural Science course is €895.

Please note:

  • 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: NO CARD, NO CLASS. 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. A day pass costs €10. A replacement card costs €20.

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.

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