Full Time courses commencing Autumn 2023

Select the link assigned to each course for information and details on how to apply:


"Option A" - (2 years) 

YEAR 1 - "Option A":  ​​Level 5 Certificate in Agriculture - apply now -   

YEAR 2 -  "Option A" :  choose from one of the following "Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture" speciality options:

Dairy Herd Management - apply here

Drystock Herd Management - apply here

Mechanisation - apply here


"Option B" (CAO route) - 2 years for level 6 award (& additional year for level 7 award) 

YEAR 1&2 - "Option B": - Higher Certificate in Engineering  in Agricultural Mechanisation Level 6 - Apply through the CAO (course Code: US 651- 2 year course. (222 points required in 2022)

YEAR 3 - "Option B" (optional) - Bachelor in Engineering in Agricultural Engineering Level 7 - 1 year add on

"Option B" courses are run in conjunction with TUS - Technological University of the Shannon: (previously LIT)


Upon successful completion of either "Option A" or "Option B"  confer  "Young Trained Farmer" status commonly referred to as the "Green Cert".


Progress and grow in the agricultural industry with us. The training you receive is not just a career path, but an education for best practice.

Our 550 acre farm is home to a dairy herd of 460 spring calving cows, the largest in the agricultural college network.

Mechanisation courses have an annual intake in excess of 70 students, the biggest intake of mechanisation students in any agricultural college.

110 mid season lambing ewe flock, lambing down 2.1 lambs per ewe is the most prolific flock amongst  the agricultural colleges


"Hands on" environment

For our full-time courses, teaching and learning is typically split 50:50 between classroom and outdoor practical instruction. Our practical instruction classes allow mutual interaction to develop between tutors and students in a "hands on" learning environment. In Advanced Certificate programmes we strongly encourage the development of problem solving, decision making and planning capabilities. Utilising discussion groups, visits to external farms and other facilities and external speakers are an important part of our delivery approach. 

Progression is also available through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Please contact the relevant higher education institute for further information.