St Angela’s College, Sligo

With the rise in popularity of nutrition and healthier lifestyles, the Irish food industry is experiencing a growing demand for skilled graduates to create innovative and nutritious food products that will enhance consumers’ lives.

Responding to the demand for skilled professionals in the industry, St Angela’s College, Sligo is offering a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nutrition, Food and Business Management) Honours Degree as part of their range of CAO courses for September 2022.

This four-year degree is University accredited and delivered by experienced and skilled professionals at St Angela’s College.

Course co-ordinator Mr Ronan McArt says: “The bachelor of applied science is aimed at students with a strong interest in food, the development of food products, and human nutrition and health.

“Our graduates are equipped with a diverse range of nutritional, culinary and business skills, such as sensory analysis techniques, food production, new product development, food marketing and management.

“Despite the global pandemic, there are excellent employment opportunities in the food industry with a shortage of appropriately qualified graduates to provide expertise in the fields of nutrition, culinary skills and market trends”.

A 20-week industrial placement in year three is an integral part of the course and graduates often return to their placement companies for employment after graduation.

Students can also choose a placement through the Erasmus+ programme. Graduate careers include new product development; quality assurance; research and development; and sales and marketing. The course intends to fill current gaps in the employment market and further offers graduates the opportunity to pursue studies at post-graduate, master’s and PhD levels. To date, the course offers 100% employment on graduation.

For more details, as well as updates on the incorporation process, see

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, Northern Ireland

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) delivers an extensive range of education programmes to 1,700 full- and part-time students. Areas of study include Agriculture, Food, Equine and Horticulture.

The college has three campuses located in Northern Ireland. Greenmount Campus, Co Antrim, offers courses in agriculture and horticulture.

The Loughry campus in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, specialises in food technology. The Enniskillen campus, Co Fermanagh, delivers equine and part-time agriculture courses.

For those leaving school with A-Level, Leaving Certificate (with four highers), or equivalent qualifications, CAFRE offers a range of honours and foundation degree programmes.

These include Ulster University-validated programmes in Sustainable Agriculture; Agriculture and Technology; Food Technology; Food Innovation and Nutrition;Food Business Management; Food Manufacture and Nutrition; Equine Management; and Horticulture. CAFRE will also deliver, in conjunction with Queen’s University Belfast, a BSc (Hons) Degree in Agricultural Technology.

Applications for full-time degree courses are made online through UCAS (

If you are leaving school with GCSEs, Leaving Certificate, or equivalent qualifications, you can apply to study on a Level 3 or Level 2 Further Education course. Apprenticeship programmes are also available in Agriculture, Food, Horticulture and Equine.

According to the college, over 95% of CAFRE graduates gain employment or progress on to higher education within six months of graduating.

If you are interested in working in a constantly-changing industry and using technical innovations to meet consumer demands, a CAFRE course could be the first step in achieving your goal.

For more information about CAFRE courses and how to apply visit or email

University College Dublin

UCD. \Barry Cronin

The University College Dublin School of Agriculture and Food Science offer 14 entry routes to their undergraduate degree programmes with over 350 places available annually.

With programmes spanning the entire food and health chain, University College Dublin can provide the foundation to develop an exciting career across the agri-food sector anywhere in the world.

In addition to entry from Irish school leaving examinations, a number of alternative entry routes are available into the degree programmes at University College Dublin:

  • FETAC Higher Certificate/Ordinary Degree.
  • QQI-FET progression.
  • Open Learning (New 2022 Entry).
  • Application on grounds of mature years.
  • Higher Education Access Route (HEAR – see page 25).
  • Disability Access Route to Education (DARE – see page 25).
  • Transfer from another level 8 programme.
  • Graduate testimonial: Food and Agribusiness Management

    Shane O’Neill – Marketing adviser for Bord Bia in the Middle East

    “Growing up in Kilkenny, I was fortunate to witness the rapid development of the agriculture and food sector.

    “Working on my uncle’s farm during school holidays really sparked my interest in agriculture and influenced my decision to study agricultural science. Upon graduating from agricultural science in WIT, I decided to go to UCD to study Food and Agribusiness Management.

    “With a keen interest in agricultural economics, transferring was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. The friendships that I made have also proven to be an invaluable network that I can always rely on for insight and advice.

    “Since graduating, I completed a graduate visa in New York where I worked with Ornua as a sales and marketing executive. I am currently studying a master’s in International Marketing with Bord Bia and the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School and am based in Dubai where I am working with a number of Irish companies on market development activities.”