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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

  • Location

    Greenmount Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 Years

Course summary

Excellent career prospects: 90% of CAFRE students gain employment within 6 months. The College receives a steady flow of requests for students from the industry locally and nationally. First class facilities: The Amenity Horticulture Centre comprises 18 hectares of landscaped grounds which are all used for skills training for students. As each group of students pass through they have the opportunity to leave their mark whether it is a new pergola, shrub bed or stand of trees. The centre includes a large walled garden which has recently undergone a major redevelopment. The 'Richardson's Walled Garden at Greenmount' with its grand conservatory, knot garden, maze, rose garden, fruit garden and other ornamental plantings is a showpiece for Northern Ireland horticulture. The amenity centre also has extensive plant collections and has purpose built training facilities for landscape construction skills, machinery operation and maintenance. There is a large sportsturf area which includes golf greens and sports pitches, and a new state of the art driving range and 3 new golf holes comprising the Greenkeeping and Golf Academy. The Horticulture Development Centre is used as a living classroom for teaching horticultural theory. There is a wide range of facilities for the production of edible and ornamental crops. There are tunnels and capillary sandbeds, ebb and flow beds for nursery stock and cell tree production; these are used by technologists and lecturers to demonstrate and promote the adoption of the latest technological advances to growers in the industry. Industry engagement: Businesses and organisations provide a wide range of industry placements, host visits and generously provide bursaries for the FdSc Horticulture students at CAFRE.

Application deadline

15 January

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UCAS Points : 40

Students should normally have 40 UCAS tariff points, plus four GCSE subjects at Grade C, including English and Mathematics and preferably two science subjects.


University information

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise

  • Campus address

    College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, 22 Greenmount Road, Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT41 4PU, Northern Ireland

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