MCAST Introductory Certificate in Animal Husbandry and Horticultural Skills

MCAST Introductory Certificate in Animal Husbandry and Horticultural Skills

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Course Code AG1-01-14
MQF Level Level 1
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements Finished Compulsory Education
Other Entry Requirements Initial Assessment Tests
Course Description This course is intended for school leavers in possession of the School Leaving Certificate. The programme, although basic, equips students with a range of skills enabling them to begin to understand what various land-based animal and crop activities involve.

The student will have the opportunity to handle a variety of farm animals as well as work on crop fields and fruit trees.  The course includes topics about soil management, establishing crops, animal management, livestock nutrition and farm maintenance.

The student  will have the opportunity to feed various animals such as rabbits and poultry, incubate eggs and hatch chicks. This course offers the required hands-on experience in the horticulture and animal husbandry sector.

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. Understand how to handle and take care of small animals and pets

2. Carry out on site practical work related to specific farm animals

3. Undertake practical tasks using horticultural skills

4. Understand the basic skills needed in taking care of a small garden.

Core Study Units Introduction into Animal Husbandry

Introduction into Horticulture




Personal Development

Information Technology

Science and Technology

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Progress After Completion MCAST Foundation Certificate
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