Mixed demand for Ag Science courses as students plumb for ‘boom-time’ careers


Landlords are cashing in on demand for housing in the town, which consists mainly of students attending the college. Stock Image
Landlords are cashing in on demand for housing in the town, which consists mainly of students attending the college. Stock Image

The points required to study Ag Science has dropped for some courses, but increased for others, as students plumb for ‘boom-time’ careers.

Points in courses such as engineering, architecture/construction and law are some of the main ares that saw points increases today, when CAO points were published.

However, which some science degrees saw the points requirement increase this year, most Ag Science courses seeing a drop in demand.

Ag Science in UCD, has only dropped 4 points to 451, but Dairy Business has dropped from 451 in the first round last year to 432 this year.

Agri-Environmental Science saw its points requirement drop from 419 to 397.

Courses in increased demand include Food Science, which went from 466 last year to 484, and forestry, which increased by 7 points.

Dundalk Institute of Technology saw the points for Agriculture fall from 341 in the first round last year to 327, while Agricultural Engineering in Galway also increased – from 305 to 330.

The same course in Tralee saw points fall from 320 to 300.

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Waterford Institute of Technology’s Agricultural Science degree saw a slight points rise,  from 389 to 403.

Ordinary Degrees/Higher Certificates

Carlow’s Sustainable Farm Management course saw its points fall from 282 to 222, while Cork Institute of Technology’s Agriculture course fell slightly from 292 to 289.

Agricultural Engineering in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology fell from 289 to 280 and Agricultural Mechanisation at Limerick IT, through Salesian Ag College, fell from 217 to 201.

Agriculture at Waterford IT went from 349 to 367, while its Forestry course went from 207 to 215.

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