Higher Certificate in Sustainable Food Production

Programme Description

This programme has been developed to meet the demand for graduates with integrated skills in the agri-food sector. It is science based and covers food production; food processing technologies and sustainable food production across the food chain (farm-to-fork).

Sustainable food production systems include all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: from growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food and food-related items.

Graduates are given the necessary skill set for basic employment in the food industry and/or the government agencies who are working to meet the growing demand for quality Irish food.


Programme Overview:

Year One: Focuses on giving students a general education in foundation science subjects. Modules include an introduction to agri-food systems, information technology and communications.

Year Two:  Studies focus on plant and animal sciences in the context of livestock management and crop production.

Environmental Science SG405 Higher Certificate

*New Common Points Scale

The new Leaving Certificate Common Points Scale from 2017 is not directly comparable with the scale that was in existence from 1992 to 2016.

Download the Grading Scale from www.transition.ie.

Applicants should list their CAO course choices in genuine order of preference and they will be offered the course highest up on their list that they are deemed eligible for, if any.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

What are my further study opportunities?

Graduates may progress to the one-year add-on BSc in Agri-Food Science at IT Sligo or to the one year add on BSc Environmental Science with Ecology Programme

What subjects will I study?


Graduate Story:

“The best thing about studying at IT Sligo is getting both the practical and theory with every lecture. I have many friends studied environmental science in larger universities and they received little to no practical experience throughout the duration of their studies. The course really prepares you for the real world. I use all the skills learned at IT Sligo every day. A typical day for me includes consulting and liaising with ABP Food Group sites, the Environmental Protection Agency, Inland Fisheries, Local Authorities, Consultants and other companies.”

Fergal Maguire

Group Environmental Licencing Manager

ABP Food Group, Tipperary

Did you know?

What is Sustainable Food Production?

Sustainable food production is a method of production using processes and systems that are non-polluting, conserve non-renewable energy and natural resources, are economically efficient, are safe for workers, communities and consumers, and do not compromise the needs of future generations.

The agri-food sector in Ireland is worth over €13.9 billion, it makes up nearly 10% of Ireland's exports and provides 8.5% of the national employment.  It is vital for the economy and the increasing global population that this sector is sustained and grows.