BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Technology (3 years)/BSc (Hons) Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies (4 years)

This course is jointly provided by Queen’s University, Belfast and CAFRE. The first and second years of the programme are spent at Greenmount Campus, followed by a period of work placement, with the final year based at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB).

Course overview

The teaching programme has been developed in consultation with employers, industry representatives and academics to offer students a combined curriculum of formal instruction and practical experience, aimed at enhancing their employability. This Honours Degree is available in two pathways; the three year course incorporates a four-month work placement, whilst the four-year Professional Studies option allows students to take a one-year work placement. The aim of the course is to develop professional, technical, management, interpersonal and problem solving skills to prepare graduates for successful careers in the agriculture and ancillary industries. The partnership arrangement between CAFRE and Queen’s University, Belfast capitalises on the strengths of both institutions to provide a course which is academically challenging but is strongly focused on the application of business, economic and scientific principles.

Course content

Year 1

  • Applied animal science
  • Applied crop science
  • Enterprise technology
  • Introduction to business and research methods
  • Mechanisation and farm buildings

Year 2

  • Agri-food business marketing and management
  • Crop production systems
  • Livestock production and management
  • Sustainable agriculture (4 year option)
  • Work placement

Year 3

  • Professional studies work placement option

Year 3/4

  • Advances in crop and animal science and technology
  • Agricultural technology project
  • Business innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Farm animal health and welfare
  • Global issues in agriculture
  • Policies for environmental sustainability


Students spend four months (3 year programme) or one year (4 year programme) on work placement. Students are responsible for arranging their own work placements in conjunction with QUB Work Placement Advisers.

Progression opportunities and career destinations

Graduates may have the opportunity to progress onto appropriate postgraduate studies or research. Agricultural graduates are employed in a range of managerial posts in government services, agricultural banking, consultancy, research, education and training, ancillary industry or farm management. The course is designed to provide students with the flexibility to adapt to a changing job market and each year a number of graduates obtain employment outside the sector.

Entry Requirements

A level BBB including at least two relevant subjects (see list below) plus GCSE Mathematics grade C. Or ABB including one relevant subject (see list below) plus GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Note: Applicants not offering either Biology or Chemistry at A-level should have GCSE Chemistry grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC.


Irish leaving certificate H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in two relevant subjects (see list below) plus if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics. Or H3H3H3H3H3H3/H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H3 in a relevant subject (see list below) plus if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics.

Note: Applicants not offering Agricultural Science, Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level must have Chemistry at Ordinary Level grade O4.


BTEC Extended Diploma A relevant Agriculture/Science BTEC Extended Diploma with 100 credits at Distinction and 80 credits at Merit plus GCSE Chemistry grade C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC plus GCSE Mathematics grade C.


Access/Foundation Course Successful completion of a relevant Access Course (normally Science based) with an average of 65%. Plus GCSE Mathematics grade C or equivalent in Access Course.

All applicants Relevant Subjects: Agricultural Science; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Environmental Science; Geography; Geology; Home Economics; ICT; Mathematics; Physics; Physical Education; Psychology; Technology & Design. Other subjects considered on an individual basis.

The Admissions and Access Service at Queen’s University Belfast is responsible for the entry requirements to this course; for further details please visit

Key staff

Dr Stephen Graham

Dr Stephen Graham

Senior Lecturer (Agriculture)Agriculture,
Greenmount Campus