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Have you ever considered a horticulture degree?

Having completed a Foundation or Honours Degree you can apply to a post-graduate Diploma or Masters in Business for Agri-food and Rural Enterprise at Loughry Campus.

The Greenmount Resource Centre is the hub for student research, business management, ICT and garden design. It also provides students with superb recreational facilities.



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4 July 2017

The College of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) offer courses in everything from equine studies, to land based engineering and horticulture.

The college offers a range courses and levels to new and postgraduate students including but not limited to: Greenkeeping Cadetship Programme, Level 2 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture, and Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Horticulture – Landscape Maintenance or Sportsturf Management, and FdSc in Horticulture. For the full list of courses click here.

“Within the UK the Horticulture industry is valued at £10bn (€11.4bn) and employs over a third of a million people, while the Northern Ireland industry is worth approximately £170m (€194) and employs about 8,000 people.

“Many of our students are already employed in this great industry but if you’re just leaving school or looking for a new career you don’t need to know exactly where your career path lies in Horticulture. Studying at Greenmount will give you the skills you need and help you make a great range of industry contacts in whatever sector you choose.” according to CAFRE.

Some of the facilities at Greenmount

Greenmount Campus has some of the best teaching facilities in the UK for Horticulture. The main campus buildings and Halls of Residence are in an idyllic rural setting, with over 18 hectares of mature landscaped gardens, including the fantastic Walled Garden.

The Greenmount Resource Centre is the hub for student research, business management, ICT and garden design. It also provides students with superb recreation facilities.


“Many of our students progress from Level 2 to Level 3 full or part-time programmes and from the Level 3 Extended Diploma to Foundation Degree or Degree programmes, while others enter directly post A-level.

“Most employers require a minimum qualification of a Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture, with good literacy, numeracy and communication skills. There is a great range of employment available for those with our Level 2 qualifications with public gardens such as: National Trust properties, privately owned gardens, local Council Parks Departments, landscape design and construction companies, nurseries, garden centres, golf courses and sportsgrounds.

“However, greatest demand across the UK and Ireland is for those qualified to at least Level 3 who will be able to take up employment at supervisory level and eventually move into management positions within the production, landscape, sportsturf, environmental and retail sectors of the industry.

“With a typical salary for a Regional Parks Manager currently in excess of £45,000 (€51,000) per year, Head Greenkeepers of prestige UK golf courses earning over £50,000 (€57,000) per year and excellent opportunities in the landscape and production sectors the sky really is the limit for well qualified horticulturalists. There are also great opportunities for new business start-ups and for those who wish to work in other European countries and in the United States”

If you are in the market for expanding your skills, taking a career change, or if you’re are only starting off in the industry be sure to check out CAFRE and see what they have on offer for the upcoming academic year.

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