Mountbellew Agricultural College in Co Galway is holding a late entrance exam for its Fetac Level 5 (Green Cert) course on Thursday morning of this week (August 20).

“A number of course places are available,” said the college’s Bernie Kilkenny.

“I am not able to confirm actual numbers as students who have been awarded full-time, third level college places this morning, but who had previously been accepted for the Green Cert course, must now be factored in. But, in all likelihood, there may well be around six places on-offer.

“Those wishing to sit Thursday’s exam should contact the college as quickly as possible. The application process can be completed on the phone. On the day, candidates should bring with them a copy of their birth certificate, two passport photos and €10, to cover the cost of the course application fee.”

Kilkenny confirmed that the examination will commence at 11.00am sharp.

“It will last for an hour. A total of 40 questions must be answered, most of which are multiple choice in nature. Only the result of this exam will be taken into consideration when it comes to securing eligibility for the Green Cert course,” she said.

“The exam paper is set by Teagasc and examples of the questions that candidates can expect to answer are featured within the educational section of the Teagasc website.”

Fetac 5 is a full time, year-long course. Commencing in September and running through until May of next year, it will include a 12-week placement on a Teagasc approved farm. Final student assessment will be on the basis of prescribed course work and exams.

Fetac 5 represents the first year of the government- recognised Green Cert course. The second phase of the qualification is secured by completing the Fetac 6 course.