CAFRE – the right place to study for a successful career in the Agri-food industry

Date published: 02 August 2021

Are you waiting for examination results and still unsure which direction you want to go? Then consider The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) which offers a wide range of courses ranging from Degrees to Level 2 Certificates. 95% of CAFRE graduates are employed or progressed on to higher education within six months of graduating and would highly recommend CAFRE as a place to study.

Rebecca Rathbone from Co Donegal, learning the importance of maintaining the horticultural machinery as part of the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture at CAFRE Greenmount Campus.

If you are leaving school with A-Level or equivalent qualifications, CAFRE offers a range of Degree programmes validated by Ulster University. These include degrees in Sustainable Agriculture, Agriculture and Technology, Food Technology, Food Innovation and Nutrition, Food Business Management, Food Manufacture and Nutrition, Equine Management and Horticulture. Applications for still being accepted for these courses and should be made through UCAS Clearing.

If you are leaving school with GCSE or equivalent qualifications, you can apply for a Level 3 or Level 2 Further Education course. The Agriculture, Food, Horticulture, Equine, Land-based Engineering, Veterinary Nursing and Floristry courses can be studied full time including work placement. A work–based option is available in Agriculture, Food, Horticulture and Equine. Limited places are still available on these courses. For further information and instructions on how to apply please visit the CAFRE website.

Rebecca Rathbone from Co Donegal, who has just completed the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Horticulture said she really enjoyed her course at Greenmount. “My favourite thing about studying at Greenmount was the even balance between theory and practical classes as it gave me a well-rounded experience and confidence when applying for jobs. The staff are very friendly, supportive and knowledgeable and the equipment and facilities that students use are top of the range.”

CAFRE is renowned for the excellent teaching facilities and links with industry. So if you are interested in working in a fast moving industry that is constantly changing and using technical innovations to meet consumer demands, a CAFRE course could be the first step in achieving that goal.

For more information about all CAFRE courses and how to apply visit the CAFRE website or call Freephone 0800 028 4291 or email

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