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GCSE Agriculture and Land Use


Specification/Examination Board: CCEA

This course encourages students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the agri-food sector which is a vital part of the Northern Ireland economy.

The modern farmer must be expert in plant and animal husbandry, familiar with the legislation    governing farming and able to respond to changing customer demand. Studying agriculture allows us to investigate how farming practices can adapt to changing requirements, explore the impact modern agriculture has on the natural environment, examine increased consumer awareness of the food we eat and consider how farmers can develop diverse, vibrant and viable agri-food businesses. Pupils who take this GCSE do not need to have any prior knowledge of farming or agriculture.

Summary of subject content

Grades A* - G are awarded.

Double Award Science is recommended to support the content in the written examinations at the end of Year 11 but Single Award Science is acceptable. 

The written examinations in Year 11 are mix of short and longer questions, so be prepared that four of the questions will require you to write an essay of around 250 words. Good literacy and numeracy skills are desirable.

Competent keyboard skills and the ability to use the internet is essential for the Controlled Assessment which is all completed during school hours in Year 12.  You do not need your own computer, but you need to be able to use one.

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