MCAST Foundation Certificate in Horticulture and Animal Care

MCAST Foundation Certificate in Horticulture and Animal Care

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Course Code AG2-01-14
MQF Level Level 2
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements Finished Compulsory Education


MCAST Introductory Certificate

Other Entry Requirements Initial Assessment Tests

Applicants with SEC/O-Level passes at Grades 6 or 7 in at least two subjects from Maltese, English Language and Mathematics or “Secondary School Certificate and Profile” (SSC&P) at Level 1 or 2 will be exempted from the Initial Assessment Tests and will start directly at Level 2.

Course Description This course is intended for students in possession of the School Leaving Certificate. It is designed to equip students with a range of basic skills and competences enabling them to become competent in various land-based activities involved in the agriculture industry.

The programme includes a significant amount of vocational practice that will provide a clear idea of the nature of the trade or vocation that the student may wish to follow in future.

Students will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience with farm animals, exotic animals and plants. Special focus will be given to soil management, establishing crops, animal management, livestock nutrition and farm maintenance.

Study/Course Delivery This programme of study leads to the achievement of key competencies. The emphasis is on the teaching methodology where embedding has been selected as the main pedagogical model. Vocational Units are used as a vehicle for achieving the objective.
Assessment Assessment of the programme is an integral part of the learning process. Varied assessment methods are employed. The learning process is completed by providing students with feedback that is both formative and summative in nature.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Undertake different agricultural methods and understand the principles of health and safety

2. Understand procedures and explore measures to improve agricultural skills

3. Use and apply correctly various agricultural equipment

4. Understand and apply different technical skills relating to the care of animals as well as crops.

Core Study Units
  • Animal and Fish Nutrition and Management
  • Applied Horticulture
  • Fundamentals Of Animal and Fish Science
  • Fundamentals Of Plant and Soil Science
  • Maltese
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Technology
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion Any MCAST course at MQF Level 3
Career Opportunities