Institute of Applied Sciences – Centre of Agriculture, Aquatics and Animal Sciences

Award in Agribusiness

AG1-02-18

Course details

This course of studies is intended for learners who would like to become familiar with the provision of general care to pet animals. Learners need to have a genuine interest for employability in posts related to animal care and agriculture. Learners will have the opportunity to delve into general animal care, including nutritional needs of various species of animals, differences in types of feeds and housing needs, how to recognise basic behavioural signs and how to handle different animals safely and humanely in line with animal welfare regulations.
Learners will also be introduced to the basic principles of horticultural techniques and will therefore learn practical gardening skills such as the propagation of plants, basic plant care and irrigation set-up. Learners would also need to become familiar with the safe use and maintenance of hand tools and machinery.

Dan il-kors ta’ studji huwa maħsub għall-istudenti li jixtiequ jsiru familjarji mal-kura ġenerali tal-annimali domestiċi. L-istudenti jeħtieġ li jkollhom interess ġenwin li jsibu impjieg f’pożizzjonijiet relatati mal-kura tal-annimali u l-agrikoltura. L-istudenti jkollhom l-opportunità jidħlu fil-fond fir-rigward tal-kura ġenerali tal-annimali, inklużi l-ħtiġijiet nutrizzjonali ta’ diversi speċi ta’ annimali, id-differenzi f’tipi ta’ għalf u l-ħtiġijiet ta’ abitazzjoni, kif jirrikonoxxu sinjali bażiċi ta’ imġiba u kif jittrattaw annimali differenti b’mod sikur u uman, f’konformità mar-regolamenti dwar il-benesseri tal-annimali.
L-istudenti jiġu introdotti wkoll għall-prinċipji bażiċi ta’ tekniki tal-ortikultura u għalhekk jiksbu ħiliet prattiċi ta’ ġardinaġġ, bħall-propagazzjoni tal-pjanti, il-kura bażika tal-pjanti u s-set up tal-irrigazzjoni. L-istudenti jeħtieġ ukoll li jsiru familjari mal-użu sikur u l-manutenzjoni ta’ għodod tal-idejn u makkinarju.

Level 1

1 year full-time

Finished Compulsory Education

• Providing necessary documents including Secondary School Certificate & Profile (SSC&P)
• A recent psychological report (issued no more than 3 years before date of application) and school reports including last Individual Education Plan (IEP).
• Adaptation to both class-based and community-based learning to be ascertained through a 3 day workshop at MCAST, attendance for which is compulsory
• Commitment to prospective employment
• Applicants are asked to sit for an interview


Career opportunities

Assistants in: Nurseries, Pet Shops, Garden Centres and Landscape Maintenance