Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, College of (CAFRE)

 

History: The college was formed by the amalgamation of Enniskillen, Greenmount and Loughry Colleges, the delivery of land-based programmes at Loughry and Greenmount dating back almost 100 years.

Address: Three modern, rural campuses in Northern Ireland, an hour's drive from each other and within a short distance of local towns.

Ambience: The Enniskillen campus, which focuses on equine and agricultural courses, is located near to the renowned Necarne Equestrian Centre. Greenmount offers courses to those entering and working in the agri-food industry and the Loughry campus is set in parkland bordered by woodlands and the Killymoon River.

Who's the boss? John Fay.

Prospectus: 0800 028 4291; view the prospectus here.

UCAS code: A45

what you need to know

Easy to get into? Should be - keen on widening participation.

Foundation degrees: Equine management; food manufacture; food product innovation; food studies; food, nutrition and health; horticulture; rural and countryside management.

Vital statistics: Further and higher education courses up to postgraduate level with a focus on practical training and work experience. Around 1,600 students, of whom approximately 870 are part-time.

Added value: Investments in recent years include the £3.5m Greenmount resource centre, offering leisure, computer and library facilities. Links with Queen's University, Belfast, the University of Ulster and local FE colleges. Exchange programme with Michigan State University. Good graduate employment rate. Modern residential accommodation available on all three campuses.

Teaching: The college has its own internal quality system, supplemented by working with a range of national awarding bodies.

Any accommodation? Yes, and it's pretty good too. Students are put up in catered modern lodges at the Greenmount campus, although some live out in their second and third years. Average cost is around £60 a week, with the cheaper accommodation (including meals) reserved for under 18s.

Cheap to live there? Shouldn't be too bad, as it's so rural.

Transport links: Regular bus service to the nearest towns, and a modest motorway drive from Belfast. Cheap flights available from Great Britain to Belfast City and International Airports, and fast ferries to the Larne and Belfast ports.

Fees: No fees for further education courses. Tuition fees for full-time HE courses for students from Northern Ireland and other countries in the European Economic Area are £1425 per year. The tuition fees are £9,000 for all UK students.

Bursaries: The college offers bursaries in conjunction with industry.

the fun stuff

Nightlife: Students journey to local towns for pubs and nightclubs, while further afield, Belfast is also a popular spot for nights out.

How green is it? The Greenmount campus features The Trail, established in 1979 to provide students and the general public with a greater understanding of how farming interplays with care for the environment. Students can conduct tours, educating members of the public on sustainable farming, biodiversity and waste management.

 

Arts & Entertainment
Ricky Gervais at a screening of 'Muppets Most Wanted' in London last month
tvRicky Gervais on the return of 'Derek' – and why he still ignores his critics
Sport
Gareth Bale dribbled from inside his own half and finished calmly late in the final to hand Real a 2-1 win at the Mestalla in Valencia
sport
Life & Style
Infant child breast-feeding with eyes closed
healthTo stop mummy having any more babies, according to scientists
Arts & Entertainment
James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice and Men on Broadway
theatreReview: Of Mice and Men, Longacre Theatre
VIDEO
News
news
Life & Style
Going down: Google's ambition to build an elevator into space isn't likely to be fulfilled any time soon
techTechnology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Arts & Entertainment
film
Sport
Vito Mannone fails to keep out Samir Nasri's late strike
sportMan City 2 Sunderland 2: Goalkeeping howler allows Man City to scrap a draw – but Premier League title is Liverpool's to lose
News
David Cameron sings a hymn during the enthronement service of The Most Rev Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury, at Canterbury Cathedral last year
news
Life & Style
From long to Jong: Guy Pewsey gets the North Korean leader's look
fashionThe Independent heads to an Ealing hairdressers to try out the North Korean dictator's trademark do
Extras
indybest10 best smartphones
Arts & Entertainment
tvCreator Vince Gilligan sheds light on alternate endings
Life & Style
Google Doodle celebrates the 63rd anniversary of the Peak District National Park
tech
News
Paul Weller, aka the Modfather, performing at last year’s Isle of Wight Festival in Newport
people
Life & Style
Michael Acton Smith founded Firebox straight out of university before creating Moshi Monsters
techHe started out selling silliness with online retailer Firebox, before launching virtual creatures who took the real world by storm

Day In a Page

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

The former Australia coach on why England must keep to Plan A, about his shock at their collapse Down Under, why he sent players home from India and the agonies of losing his job
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal