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Agricultural Science and Sustainability - BSc

Course Code: LC466




3 Years


Applied Science

CAO Points

Direct application to TUS for 2022

Course Type

Direct Entry



This course gives graduates the knowledge and skills to work in the agriculture and agri-food sector. They will be equipped to manage the relationship between agriculture and the environment, considering issues such as climate change, biodiversity and water quality in the context of food production.

This course is offered in conjunction with Gurteen College and fulfils the requirement for Trained Farmer Status (Green Cert) (provisional). Students of this course will spend the semester 2 in year 1 and semester 1 of year 2 on the Gurteen College campus.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

A minimum of five O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.

FETAC & Mature Applicants

Please refer to the ‘Entry Requirements’ section of the TUS handbook for further information.

Advanced Entry into year 2

Applicants presenting the full level 6 QQI/FET (FETAC) award in ‘Advanced Certificate in Agriculture’ that includes 3 distinctions in any of the three specialisations listed below will be considered for advanced entry requirements.  

  • Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management – Level 6
  • Advanced Certificate in Drystock Management – Level 6
  • Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Crops and Machinery) – Level 6

Download Undergraduate Advanced Entry Form 2022

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Semester 1 Modules


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    Family farming in Ireland, Introduction to Sustainable Development, Introduction to Environmental Chemistry, Introduction to Laboratory Practice and Measurement, Professional Skills in third Level.

    Title: Semester 2 Modules (Gurteen College)


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    Tillage Crop Husbandry, Animal Production, Soils and Peatland, Forestry, Farm Safety and Risk Assessment, Biology and Botany.

  • Year 2

    Title: Semester 1 Modules (Gurteen College)


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    Tillage Crop Management, Dairy Production Management, Beef and Sheep Production, Animal Breeding Strategies, Animal Welfare, Behaviour and QA Standards, Farm Business.

    Title: Semester 2 Modules (TUS Thurles)


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    The Irish Agri-Food Sector, Environment and Sustainable Development, Ecology, Farm Habitat Assessment, Farm Biodiversity Skills, Introduction to GIS and Surveying.

  • Year 3

    Title: Semester 1 Modules (TUS Thurles)


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    Grassland Management and NMP, Farm Management and Planning, Introduction to Environmental Impacts of Agriculture, GIS and Environmental Resources, Impacts of Agriculture on Water Quality.

    Title: Semester 2


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    Work Placement

Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates of this course may progress onto the Level 8 BSc (Hons) Agricultural Science and Sustainability.

What are the career prospects?

Graduates can avail of employment opportunities in agriculture, agri-food and environmental management. Graduates are qualified for a wide range of roles such as agricultural advisors, farm auditors, environmental officers/scientists with agribusinesses, the public sector and NGOs, or as researchers and consultants

Graduates of the programme will achieve Trained Farmer Status (Green Cert) (provisional).