Overview:

The Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Agriculture with Education (B.Voc. Agric/Ed) started in 2000/2001 as a pre-service programme targeting holders of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent and a diploma in agriculture-related disciplines as well as mature age entrants.

Kyambogo University through the Department of Agriculture contributes to national reforms of generating a cadre of youth who can take interest in investing in agriculture by training graduates with sufficient vocational knowledge and skills to handle the teaching of agriculture in secondary schools and in training institutions as a vocational subject.

In order to address the national reforms and keep aligned with the national and global trends, the Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Agriculture with Education was designed to meet two general objectives:

  • Teach, develop and implement curriculum in vocational agriculture for schools and colleges,
  • Cause transformation of agricultural production for food and income security in communities through, attracting the youth into agricultural production as a vocation and ensuring environmental protection and sustainability.

The programme is to enable students:

  1. Demonstrate academic and professional knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in vocational agriculture,
  2. Competently and effectively teach agriculture as a vocational subject in Secondary Schools, and Teacher Training Colleges,
  3. Analyze and interpret the contemporary social, political and economic roles of agricultural education in society and apply the best educational practices,
  4. Develop, evaluate and implement vocational agriculture curriculum and other educational resources and
  5. Carry out research in agricultural sciences and production.

 Programme Duration:

 The Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Agriculture with Education Programme is delivered in both day and evening programme formats and is completed in Six Semesters. The programme is run under the Semester System where the Academic Year is composed of two (2) Semesters and a Recess Term. A Semester shall is seventeen (17) weeks with fifteen (15) weeks of teaching and two (2) weeks for examinations. The duration of the Recess Term is ten (10) weeks.

Programme Structure:

L= Lecture Hours; P=Practical Hours; CH = Contact Hours; CU= Credit Units.

All courses are core.

YEAR ONE SEMESTER I

    Course Unit code and Name:L     PCHCU
VAG1101: Agricultural Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology3030453
VAG1102: Agricultural Education in Schools2020302
VAG1103: Agricultural Microbiology and Zoology3030453
VAG1104: Computer Application in Agriculture1530302
VAG1105: Rural Development and Sociology2020302
VAG1106: Mathematics for Agriculturalists300302
EPS 1101: History and Philosophy of Education3030453
EPS1102: Educational Psychology1530302

Semester Load                                                                                                                19

YEAR ONE SEMESTER II

VAG1201: Agricultural Extension & Gender300302
VAG1202: Agronomy and Crop Physiology3030453
VAG1203: Cattle and Small Ruminants Production3030453
VAG1204: Pig, Poultry and Rabbit Production3030453
VAG1205: Horticultural Production and Processing3030453
EPS1201: Communication and Study Skills3030453
EPS1202: Curriculum Foundations, Designing and Development1530302

Semester Load                                                                                                                 19

 RECESS

VAG 131 Supervised Occupational Practice                                          0    120     60     4

YEAR TWO SEMESTER ONE

 Course Unit Code & Name:L PCH CU
VAG 2101: Agricultural Marketing, Finance and Cooperatives3030453
VAG2102: Biochemistry and Introductory Genetics3030453
VAG2103: Crop Production Projects1590604
VAG2104: Fundamentals of Crop Protection300302
VAG2105: Introductory Soil Science3030453
EPS 2101: Curriculum Implementation, Innovation and the Teacher1530302
ELECTIVES (Select One)    
EPS 2102.1: Issues in Development3030453
EPS 2102.2: Educational Research Methods1530453
MMS 2102.3: Entrepreneurship Skills Development3030453
EPS 2102.4: Special Needs and Inclusive Education1530453

Semester Load                                                                                                               20

 YEAR TWO SEMESTER II

 Course Unit Code & Name:L P CH CU
VAG 2201: Agricultural Economics and Development450453
VAG2202: Animal Physiology and Nutrition3030453
VAG 2203: Agricultural Research Design and Biometrics3030453
VAG 2204: Farm Management and Project Planning450453
VAG 2205: Methods of Teaching Agriculture1530302
EPS 2201: Learning, Measurement and Evaluation1530302
EPS 2202: General Methods and Educational Technology3030453

Semester Load                                                                                                                19

 RECESS

EPS 2301: First School Practice                                                            00    120    60    4

 YEAR THREE SEMESTER I

 Course Unit Code & Name:L P CH CU
VAG 3101: Agricultural Mechanization1530302
VAG3102: Animal Breeding and Reproductive Physiology1530302
VAG3103: Animal Feeding and Pasture Management2020302
VAG 3104: Animal Production Projects1590604
VAG 3105: Animal Health and Hygiene1530302
VAG 3106: Conservation Agriculture3030453
EPS 3101: Guidance and Counseling1530302
EPS 3102: Sociology and Economics of Education3030453

Semester Load                                                                                                             20

 YEAR THREE SEMESTER II

 Course Unit Code & Name:L P CH CU
VAG 3201: Crop Improvement and Biotechnology1530302
VAG3202: Crop Protection3030453
VAG 3203: Farm Structures and Workshop Practice1560453
VAG 3204: Soil and Water Management3030453
VAG3205: Research Project1590604
EPS 3201: Comparative Education and Contemporary Issues1530302

EPS 3201: Principles and Practices of Educational Administration

3030453

Semester Load                                                                                                                 17

 Recess Term

EPS 3301: Second School Practice                                                          00    120   60     4

 PROGRAMME LOAD

To qualify for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Agriculture with Education a candidate must obtain a minimum of 126 CU distributed as follows:

Year One:42 CU
Year Two:43 CU
Year Three:41 CU
TOTAL: 126 CU

 Entry Requirements:

Admission to the Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Agriculture with Education Programme shall be done in accordance with the University procedures and regulations.

In addition, the candidate shall be eligible for admission to the Programme on meeting any of the following minimum requirements:

  1. Direct Entry

For the admission under the direct entry, the candidate must have:

  1. The Uganda Certificate of Education or it’s equivalent.
  2. At least two principal passes in Agriculture and Biology obtained at the same sitting of the Advanced Certificate of Education Examinations or its equivalent.

For the purposes of computing entry points, the advanced level subjects shall carry the following weights.

Subject category        Subject
Essential:Agriculture, Biology
Relevant:Chemistry, Physics, and Geography
Desirable:Home Economics, Food and Nutrition
Others:Any other subjects
  1. Mature Age Entry

A candidate must pass the Mature Age entry Examination of Kyambogo University and National Council for Higher Education.

  • Diploma Holders

A candidate must have passed with at least a Second-class Diploma in Agriculture or related fields from a recognized Institution.

  1. Entry into Year Two

A candidate with at least a Second-class Diploma in Education (Secondary) having taken

Agriculture as a double main subject from Kyambogo University and recognized National

Teachers Colleges will join in Year II of study.

Career Prospects:

A graduate of this Program can pursue careers as:

  • Agriculture teachers in secondary schools and Teacher Training Colleges, as well as
  • Agricultural extension, agricultural development officers and Agriculture researchers

Fees Structure: The required fees and other charges are determined by the University Council

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