The Department believes that, as a training institution for agriculture, and hence a corporate catalyst for sustainable community and national development, the University of Cape Coast in general and School of Agriculture in particular, need to respond to the challenge of community development and the professional development of its students hence graduates. Consequently, the Department has proposed this curriculum that will prepare graduates as change agents, who are capable of spurring on sustainable growth and development of the agricultural sector, its allied sectors, and communities. These graduates will provide the critical professional support base for all development initiatives and interventions at the community level.
The main goal of the BSc (Agricultural Extension and Community Development) Programme is to prepare graduates, who are competent learners, good communicators, system thinkers, problem analysts and solvers, and possess desirable leadership attributes and skills that will enable them conceptualize, plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate agricultural and related development programmes and projects at the community level.
Post-Senior Secondary School Candidates
Holders of Senior High Certificate must have the minimum aggregate of 20. Candidates must have passes in core English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science.
In addition to the above, they must have passes not lower than ‘D7’ (C) in elective subjects under option 1 or 2 or 3 below:
• Option 1: General Agriculture, Chemistry, Physics/Elective Mathematics.
• Option 2: Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Elective Mathematics.
• Option 2: UCC Remedial Agriculture, Remedial Science Programme, Biology/Horticulture/Agro-forestry
Candidates must possess a Diploma in Agriculture (at least a Second Class Lower Division), from a recognised institution together with five (5) credit passes at GCE ‘O’ Level in English Language and Mathematics and in at least three (3) other science subjects or six (6) passes (3 core and 3 elective subjects in SSSCE or WASSCE) with at least two in science subjects. All Post-Diploma candidates must pass a selection interview.
Numerous entrepreneurial opportunities thus exist in the agriculture sector for graduates from the programme. There are several government support projects for such industries that could be accessed. The programme also exposes students to operations management, which makes it possible for them to pursue careers in industries beyond the agricultural sector. Opportunities include the following:
Business start-up in agro-processing
Employment with food processing companies such as Nestle, Unilever, Blue Skies etc
Food and nutrition experts at hospitals
Employment by NGOs engaged in food processing interventions
University Lecturers and Researchers in postharvest technologies
Exporter of processed foods Food Biotechnology
Principles of food processing engineering
Food and nutrition
Principles of food processing, preservation and storage
Agricultural produce processing
Food packaging technology
Entrepreneurship and business development