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Agriculture

Staff

Mrs A. Lennox (Head of Department)

Department Aims

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  • Variety of expert speakers who will broaden your knowledge of the industry.

  • Up-to-date and current Agri-food industry issues and topics.

  • Factory and farm visits to broaden your knowledge of the ‘field-to-fork system’ and potential career pathways within these industries.

  • Competitions and Farming/Agri-food news.

Time & Location

  • 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month

  • 1:10 -1:35 pm (lunchtime)

  • Room 10 or Lecture Theatre

  • Check the noticeboard outside Room 10

  • or Teams for date and location.

Student Committee

A group of students will be elected each year to support club members and assist in making the club events engaging and relevant to your interests.

2021 - 2022 Committee

  • Allister Crawford

  • James Fleming

  • Jill Liggett

  • Joshua Keys

  • Tori Robson

Success

 

In 2019, student James Hawkes achieved top overall mark in GCSE Agriculture and Land Use in Northern Ireland.

He was also presented with the ‘Harper Adams Award’.

Programme

A programme of events will be available to view each term via:

  • Teams group (see Mrs Lennox to get added to the Team)

  • Noticeboard outside Room 10.

Why Attend?

If you are …

  • From a farming background

  • Or have an interest in farming

  • Or have an interest in the Agri-food industry

  • Or are considering studying Agriculture at GCSE or Alevel

  • Or are considering applying to Greenmount/Harper Adams

  • Or are considering applying to CAFRE/Food related courses

  • Thinking of an agriculture related career

  • Thinking of a career within the food industry

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GCSE (CCEA)

Our GCSE Agriculture and Land Use is an applied qualification in which students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through practical demonstration and/or in a context related to employability.

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ALevel Equivalent

(pearson edexcel btec level 3 National extended certificate in Agriculture)

Four units to be completed over two years. This includes 75 hours of work experience with an employer in the sector, where opportunities will be given to develop practical skills in preparation for employment.

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Research

The Agriculture Department at Omagh Academy aims to provide students with up-to-date and relevant Agriculture education, equipping them with life-long skills. Subject content is supplemented by the GrassRoots Agriculture Club in the school.

  • Farm Visits

  • Expert Speakers

  • Factory Tours

  • Interviews

  • Questionnaires

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Careers

Northern Ireland has a strong rural tradition, with almost 75 percent of land used for agricultural purposes. The agri-food industry contributes hugely to the local economy, representing employment for around 50,000 people in farms, factories and the Agri-food sector.

Students with qualifications in Agriculture often go on to have interesting and successful careers in the Agri-food industry – one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers.

Other job examples include estate or farm management, agricultural consultancy, agricultural sales, surveyor in rural practice, agronomist or feed nutritionist.

2019 - 2020 Events

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Talk by Deirdre Goan from HSENI (Health & Safety Executive NI) on Think SAFE.

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Talk on careers by CAFRE.

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Trip to the Royal Ulster Winter Fair at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn.

Opportunities

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In October 2019, five of our students entered the prestigious ABP Youth Challenge Competition. They are currently in the final. Visit their Facebook page to watch videos of their progress throughout the competition and keep up-to-date with their exciting schedule of events this year!

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