Department Information

Agriculture

Aims

The agriculture sector is one of the largest employers in Northern Ireland and produces a gross output of just under £1.5 billion each year. It is one of the few employment sectors that continues to grow steadily.

We aim to provide students with the knowledge required to compete for jobs in this sector, or to continue their education in institutions such as Greenmount, Harper Adams and the Royal Agricultural University.

Staff

Mrs N McAleese
Mr K McMullan
Mrs S Walker

GCSE

BTEC Level 2 Agriculture will provide students with a qualification which is broadly equivalent to 2 GCSEs.

This course will give students 'hands-on' experience as well as a broad knowledge and understanding of the agriculture industry. Over the two years, three units will be studied:

  1. Introduction to Animal and Plant Husbandry
  2. Introduction to Farm Animal Production
  3. Introduction to Animal and Plant Biology

Post 16

BTEC Level 3 Agriculture is broadly equivalent to one A-Level and will provide progression opportunities within related areas of study at university or other institutions.

The course consists of six units over two years for the completed qualification:

  1. Grassland Management
  2. Organic Agriculture
  3. Sheep Production
  4. Breeding and Nutrition
  5. Animal Physiology
  6. Plant and Soil Science

All units offer both theory and practical sessions to maximise understanding within this highly specialised work-related qualification.


Extracurricular

In the agriculture department, we try to maximise the student’s vision for their future by taking them to various shows throughout the year and encouraging them to enter various agriculture-related competitions. This includes

  • Balmoral Show
  • Royal Highland Show
  • Ultimate farming (1st prize winners in 2015)