Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture

Entry Requirements

This course is offered on a full-time basis at colleges. Applicants for the full-time programme must be 17 years old or over on 1 January following entry to the course. This course will be of most benefit to anyone who has completed the senior cycle at second level (Leaving Certificate or equivalent).

Course Aims

This course, accredited by QQI, is the introductory course for young people who wish to make their career as farmers. The course is suitable for people seeking employment on farms.
Graduates of the course are eligible to:

  • Progress to a Level 6 Green Cert or an Advanced Certificate in Agriculture programme
  • Transfer to Year 2 of the Higher Certificate in Agriculture or a BSc in Agriculture at an Institute of Technology
  • Transfer to linked courses at Institutes of Technology through the Higher Education Links Scheme

Course Structure and Content

The course consists of a combination of formal course work and a period of practical learning. The formal course work is split 50:50 (approx) between practical/ skills training and classroom (theoretical) sessions. The course consists of a range of mandatory and elective modules. Students choose a cluster of elective modules in one of the following specialisms: dairy production, drystock production, machinery and crop production.

On-Farm Practical Learning Period

Students on the full-time programme spend a 8-week practical learning period on an approved training farm which has the enterprise of their specialism. 

On successful completion of the course students are awarded the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture. This course does not meet the training requirement for Stamp Duty Exemption. 


Students with this Level 5 award may progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture. Progression is also available through the higher education links scheme. Please contact the relevant higher education institute for further information.


Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant:

  • Teagasc provides student maintenance grants to eligible students participating on full-time Level 5 and Level 6 programmes. Assessment for eligibility is based on criteria similar to those for higher education student maintenance grants
  • Means testing will apply 
  • Students awarded a Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant at Level 5 and progressing onto a Level 6 programme will be requested to complete a Grant Renewal Form. This form will be issued to each student in early September. There will be a means re-assessment for a portion of students who were in receipt of a grant at Level 5
  • Students who did not apply at Level 5 for a Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant will have the opportunity to apply in Level 6 academic year if attending a Teagasc Level 6 programme

We will not be processing the applications and will not be in a position to handle specific queries about applications

Queries in relation to the Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant Scheme should be directed to:

  • [email protected] or 1890 261 000
  • Please note that Teagasc student maintenance grant applications are not processed by student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

Additional information can be accessed at: https://www.teagasc.ie/education/going-to-college/student-maintenance-grants/application-process/