CAO CODE: GA172 Location: Mountbellew Agricultural College and GMIT Method of Application: CAO Maintenance Grant: VEC (means tested) Duration : 3 years Location This unique three year third level course, which has a common first year with the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Environmental Management, is offered at the Franciscan Brothers Agricultural College, Mountbellew and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Course Aim The course, resulting in the award of Degree in Business in Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness is aimed at students interested in acquiring training and qualifications for careers in the rural and agribusiness sectors. Some graduates take up careers in the agribusiness and agriservice sectors or in the general business areas of finance, marketing, sales, retailing and management. A number of graduates manage farms or take up careers as development officers in government departments. Most graduates of the programme now progress to an Honours Bachelor Degree in Business Studies and then to Post Graduate courses after which they enter the job market. Some of these complete the Higher Diploma in Education and then find employment as teachers in second level schools. Entry Requirements and Application Procedures The minimum entry requirements for the course are a Grade D3 or higher in at least five (ordinary level) subjects in the Leaving Certificate including Maths and English or Irish. If there are more applicants than places the standard points system will be used to rank applicants. Mature students and holders of specific Fetac awards may be admitted without meeting these minimum requirements. Course Structure and Content The course is both semesterised and modularised. There are two semesters in each year and students take six modules per semester. There is a common first year for this Bachelor of Business in Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness programme and the Bachelor in Science in Agriculture and Environmental Management programme. After the first year students have a choice either to continue in the business stream or change to the science stream. There is a three month careers related work placement period in the second semester of year 2. This placement is normally done with key companies involved in the agribusiness and rural enterprise sectors.