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Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science involves the study of the science and technology underlying the principles and practices of agriculture. It aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote the sustainability of agricultural resources, and places emphasis on the managed use of these resources.

Agricultural Science is assessed at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level, through a written examination and an assessment work undertaken during the course.

Plants and animal types associated with agriculture are studied, and investigations are undertaken into such aspects as soil, ecology, plant and animal physiology, farm crops, farming practices, genetics and microbiology.

The assessment work is worth 25% of final mark in the Leaving Certificate. The work is assessed through written project based on students own practical experience of a farm industry, two crops and presentation of practical experiment work. An oral exam on completed work is assessed usually in the month of May of the Leaving Cert.

Students teaching the dissection of the heart
Trip to UCD Farm. Students learn about Agricultural Science courses held in U.C.D.

School Vegetable Garden:

Established in 2016 for the purpose of studying crops in Leaving certificate Agricultural Science. There are four beds which are used to demonstrate crop rotation. Students must choose a variety of first early and second early potato to plant. They then have a choice of any other crops they wish, in this case Cabbage, carrots, rhubarb, strawberries and a herb garden.

Students putting in runner beans as an example of a Legume. Legumes contain Rhysobium bacteria in their root nodules. The Rhizobium fixes atmospheric nitrogen into a usable form to the plant, thus reducing the need for fertilizers.
Students grow most plants from seed and then plant them outside from March onwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tending to the Vegetable Patch
Students get to cook a meal with the vegetables from their garden
Every Year the school organises a trip to the ploughing for all Transition Year Students
Anthony Mc Manus delivering a talk on calving and Farm management

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