Assessment of the subject is divided into
Coursework 25% (100 marks)
Written paper 75% (300 marks)
The coursework assessment of Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science includes:
▪ a portfolio of specified practical activities
▪ an Individual Investigative Study.
Portfolio of specified practical activities
Individual Investigative Study
In addition to the specified practical activities, each student must complete an Individual Investigative Study during the course, through which a topic of agricultural significance is investigated in greater depth. This study, incorporating any appropriate research, will be based on a thematic brief which is set by the SEC at the commencement of the course for each examination cohort. As part of their investigation students gather and process data, evaluate evidence, and develop arguments. They read about current research and developments in science and relate their learning to the applications and implications of science for society and the environment. Students prepare and present a scientific communication describing the research question, methodology, results and conclusions. The report on these practical activities are directly assessed by the State Examinations Commission. In addition, some of the skills developed during the individual investigative study will also be assessed in the written examination.