The latest statistics from the Central Applications Office (CAO) reveal that the popularity of agricultural third level courses is continuing to rise.
Over 2,800 people applied for places on agricultural and horticultural courses this year, that’s a 6% rise on last year.
Meanwhile there’s been a 12% rise in those making agriculture their first choice.
Agri Awe is welcoming the figures, which are proof that agriculture is becoming an increasingly popular career choice.
They also highlight the importance of having an up-to-date and relevant Agricultural Science syllabus. Just last week the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) announced that the Agricultural Science syllabus will be updated after 40 years.
Agri Aware said it will work with its IASTA and Irish Farmers’ Journal colleagues, in conjunction with the NCCA, in delivering this new syllabus for students.
A background document on the new Agricultural Science syllabus will be delivered by the NCCA in April of this year. Agri Aware and IASTA have stated that it will play a key role in ensuring that the new syllabus is representative of modern farming methods and industry issues.