Leaving Certificate agricultural science involves the study of the science and technology underlying the principles and practices of agriculture. It aims to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote the sustainability of agricultural resources, and places emphasis on the managed use of these resources. Plants and animal types associated with agriculture are studied, and investigations are undertaken into such aspects as soil, ecology, plant and animal physiology, farm crops, farming practices, genetics and microbiology.
A new specification for Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science will be implemented from September 2019. The current syllabus will continue to be used until September 2019. This syllabus is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels.