It is estimated that approximately 52,000 students received their CAO third level course offers today, with up to 60% of courses witnessing a decrease in the required number of points. This doesn't mean though that they're won't be a few disappointed people this Monday. We offer you a list of alternatives to the top agriculture courses, to help you find your way into the industry.
The points required to study Agriculture in UCD were set at 455 this year, while top veterinary courses required 564 points. Don't lose all hope though and don't condemn yourself to repeating just yet. Before you decide anything, check out the alternative routes into the agriculture industry below.
Degree in Agriculture - For those who wished to complete a Honours Bachelor Level 8 degree in University College of Dublin (UCD) for 455 points and were left disappointed, see the below alternatives available to you.
There are various FETAC level five courses available to you should you require an alternative route in the industry. These Certificates in Agriculture can be completed in colleges such as Ballyhaise, Kildalton, Mount Bellew, Pallaskenry and Clonakilty. These are a one year course which can also be completed part time. Once completed this course, one can continue onto a level 6 green cert in agriculture or alternatively transfer to Year 2 of a Higher certificate in Agriculture or a Bachelor of science in Agriculture at an Institute of Technology.
Level 7 agriculture courses can also be carried out, with Letterkenny IT offering a FETAC level 7 Bachelor of Agriculture Science course. GMIT also offer an Agriculture course, which might be easier for students to obtain. Meanwhile the Cavan institute of Technology also offers a further level 7 option for students. These courses, once completed, will enable you to continue onto level 8 education.
Veterinary courses are widely known to be very difficult to obtain a place in, though there are other routes into the profession. Should you not receive the required 564 points required for Veterinary Medicine in UCD, one could complete various other level 7 courses to find your way into the sector.
There are various Level 7 options available to students, such as: Veterinary nursing in Letterkenny IT, Veterinary nursing in Athlone IT, Animal Biosciences in Tralee IT.
There are also more attainable level 8 course in veterinary on offer, with Dundalk IT offering a level 8 three year course on Veterinary nursing for 400 points. Athlone IT also offers a level 8 Bioveterinary science degree for 301 points.
Many hoped to obtain a place in the much acclaimed UCD Agriculture course, with a high number hoping to pursue a career in the Agri-food industry. The points for the highly sought after Level 8 Agricultural Science (Agri-food and Agribusiness management) required 455 points in UCD. Don't fret though, should you not be successful, there are other avenues available.
Alternative: BSC in Agri Food science in IT Sligo, BSC Hons Agri-food science IT Sligo,
For those looking to pursue a career in Environmental Sciences, or looking to secure a place in the Environmental sciences course such as the BIological, Earth and Environmental Sciences level 8 course in UCC for 441 points or indeed the Environmental science course in UCD for 419 points, don't lose all hope as there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Other options include a Level 7 Agriculture and Environmental Management course for 290 points in Mountbellew in conjunction with GMIT. While Wildlife Biology course in Tralee IT for 300 points offers a level 8 option for students. These courses will enable you to continue on into higher level courses in the desired field upon completion.
For those who love all things horse and had hoped to complete a Level 8 in Equine Business in Nui Maynooth for 357 points, there are a few other avenues to explore before deciding to repeat.
The University of Limerick offer two different courses specializing in all things equine. Firstly they offer a Level 6 in Equine Science for 301 points, with the option to continue onto better degree programmes. They also offer a level 8 in the same degree for 336 points, a great option for those who just missed out on the Maynooth course.
These are just some of the alternative options available to those yearning for a future career in agriculture, with many more available. Just because you didn't receive your first choice, does not mean one should condemn themselves to the arduous task of repeating. There are viable options there, with the same resulting end product.