Surge in demand for ag courses

Demand for places on agricultural courses looks set to remain sky high as Leaving Certificate students submitted their college choices through the Central Applications Office (CAO) ahead of last Wednesday's deadline.

Application numbers for university places in agriculture, food and veterinary courses in UCD, UCC, WIT and Athlone IT will not be known until CAO forms have been processed. However, demand for places on Teagasc courses is already running higher than last year at some Teagasc colleges.

Kildalton principal Frank Murphy said applications for agriculture courses at his college were already running 10pc higher than the same time last year, while Teagasc's head of education, Paddy Browne, said application numbers across the six colleges were running "at least as high as last year". Continue reading