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. 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.
• 75% written exam
• 25% Individual Investigative Study
In addition to the specified practical activities, each student must complete an Individual Investigative Study during the course, through which a topic of agricultural significance is investigated in greater depth. This study will be based on a thematic brief which is set by the SEC at the commencement of 5th year for each examination cohort.
As part of their investigation students gather and process primary data, evaluate evidence, and develop arguments. They read about current research and developments in science and relate their learning to the applications and implications of science for society and the environment. Students prepare and present a scientific communication describing the research question, methodology, results and conclusions. The report on these practical activities are directly assessed by the State Examinations Commission. In addition, some of the skills developed during the individual investigative study will also be assessed in the written examination.
Further Information: NCCA Curriculum Online Agricultural Science