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Subject Rationale

Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science is the study of the science and technology underlying the principles and practices of modern agriculture. It is a scientific approach to the knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that affect the long-term sustainability of natural resources – the land, plants, and animals – and places particular emphasis on the sustainable use of these resources for the economic and social benefit of humankind.

Overview of the Specification

The Agricultural Science specification is set out in four strands of study and 8 crosscutting themes which permeate each of the 4 strands.

The 4 strands are:

  1. Scientific Practices
  2. Soils
  3. Crops
  4. Animals

The 8 Cross-Cutting themes are:

  1. Health and Safety
  2. Technology
  3. Breeding and Genetics
  4. Sustainability
  5. Policy and Economics
  6. Environment
  7. Nutrition
  8. Food Production


There are two assessment components.

75% Written paper assessment in the June of 6th Year

25% Individual Investigative Study (IIS) which commences in 5th year and continues till April of 6th Year. 

For the IIS a thematic brief is issued by the SEC during term 1 of 5th year. Students must complete background research, design an investigation, gather data, analyse the data and formulate a conclusion.

Farm Visits

Farm visits will be a part of the learning experience for Agricultural Science and will be arranged throughout the two years of study.

The Ploughing Championships is a highlight of the Agriculture Calendar and a trip will be organised for students to attend.  

Agricultural Science



Ms Laura Mullen

Degree in Agricultural Science, specialising in Animal Science.

Previously worked in the Thoroughbred racing Industry.

Have also worked on Beef, Sheep, Dairy and Tillage Farms.