Certificate in Business in Agricultural Entrepreneurship

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (TBC)
Key Programme Details

Certificate in Business in Agricultural Entrepreneurship

NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits


Skills Area

Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Veterinary

General Information

Peter Butler




091 742328


Lifelong Learning Centre
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road, Galway


Lifelong Learning Coordinator

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About this Course

The Certificate in Business in Agricultural Entrepreneurship will give participants a foundation in business and entrepreneurship content in the context of the agricultural sector. The programme hopes to stimulate creative thinking and innovation, while delivering the business fundamentals to enable participants to develop, and potentially launch, product and service ideas for the agricultural sector. The focus of the programme is on idea to launch of an agricultural business idea (product or service).

The programme would be attractive to certain target cohorts for example:
- Individuals who have a business idea for the agricultural sector and wish to turn that into a reality but require an understanding in the business fundamentals (finance, marketing, management, etc.)
- Individuals who have a small business in the agricultural sector but require an understanding in the business fundamentals to progress and grow their business
- Individuals who have already completed a third level qualification.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement grade O6/H7 or better in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish with a minimum of 160 points.
- OR a pass in any QQI FET major award at level 5 or 6
- OR mature applicants (age 23 on or before the 1st January) do not have to meet the Leaving Certificate entry requirements/points, but are considered on an individual basis (previous education, work experience and demonstration of ability and competence to undertake the programme).
Mature applicants may be invited to interview which will be used to rank applicants where demand exceeds the available places on the programme.
- or Applicants may be considered for admission based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) in according with the institute’s recognition of prior learning policy (RPL).

Long Description

Modules undertaken

[1. The Agricultural Industry – 5 credits at level 6]
The purpose of this module is to give a broad overview of the entire agricultural industry to broaden the discussion and likely areas for entrepreneurship within the industry. Content covered will include: industry size, growth, trends, developments, employment, industry growth sectors, emerging issues, population growth, customers, export markets, market segments, government and EU policies and support programmes, representative agencies and bodies, competitors, sustainability, rural development and so on.

[2. Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation – 10 credits at level 6]
The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. The content covered will include: entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, the process of entrepreneurship, types of entrepreneurship, levels of entrepreneurship, government policy, an understanding of creativity and innovation and associated processes, idea generation techniques and so on.

[3. Agri-Marketing & Marketing Research – 10 credits at level 6]
The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to the fundamentals of marketing and market research.
Content covered will include: the importance of marketing, options and decisions in relation to product, price, place and promotion. Identification of the customer and markets. An understanding of segmentation, targeting and positioning. The importance of researching the market, primary and secondary research and basic data collection methods.

[4. Accounting and Taxation – 5 credits at level 6]
The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to the basics of accounting and taxation. The content covered will be limited to what an entrepreneur would need. Particular attention is paid to accounting and taxation issues for the agricultural sector.

[5. Business Management (Management, HR, Operations, IT, Law) – 10 credits at level 6]
The purpose of this module is to cover the business content in relation to the main functional areas.
Content covered will include:
Management – basic introduction to management theory, planning, management skills and so on. HR – human resource planning, recruitment and selection methods, employment law and so on. Operations. IT – introduction to IT, types of IT & IS, uses, IT as an opportunity and so on.
Law – legal structures, legal and regulatory requirements.

[6. Enterprise Project – 20 credits at level 6]
The enterprise project is the culmination, and logical conclusion, of the preceding modules. Having been given a broad and detailed introduction to the agricultural industry (module 1), participants take the idea they developed (module 2 or at a later stage) and use the business content covered (modules 3-5) to complete a detailed business plan for their idea.
Content covered will include: the contents of a business plan, supervision/support in completing the business plan and the presentation of their business idea and plan. The job readiness component will be covered in this module.

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details

Peter Butler


Lifelong Learning Centre
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road, Galway


091 742328



Application Procedures

1. Apply for the course of www.springboardcourses.ie
2. Email a copy of your Leaving Certificate (if under 23) plus your current CV to peter.butler@gmit.ie
3. Applications received each week will be evaluated and places offered until the course is full.
4. Applications under RPL (i.e. do not meet minimum academic entry requirements) will be evaluated only if places remain unfilled on the course the week before it is due to commence.)