College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise

Degree level: Undergraduate


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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.

Course details


Core Modules - Horticulture principles and practices, Plant and soil science, Hard landscape principles and practices, Introduction to business, Plant health. Human resource management, Improving business opportunities, Work placement, Landscape pathway, Garden and planting design principles, Soft landscaping. Design project. Sportsturf Pathway; Construction, Design and performance of sportsturf surfaces, Horticulture technology, Turf mechanisation and irrigation. Sportsturf management project, Design and planning of sportsturf facilities. Amenity Pathway; Nursery stock production, Soft landscaping. Production management project and options from Development of gardens, Contract documentation, Amenity tree management, Horticulture Technology, Garden Centre retailing or Principles of Organic Horticulture.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1735 Year 1
Northern Ireland £1735 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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Horticulture at College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise - UCAS