MY name is Laura Cuddy and I am a first year student at CAFRE. I started studying at CAFRE’s Loughry campus after I completed my GCSEs at Cookstown High School.
The course I am studying is a Level 3 National Diploma in Food Nutrition and Health, which is equivalent to three A-levels.
I decided to study at CAFRE after I completed my GCSEs because I prefer completing assignments rather than exams. The Level 3 programme that I am studying is fully assessed by assignments and I knew this would suit me much better than staying at school to do A-levels.
I learned about CAFRE from family and friends. They encouraged me to do some research on the courses offered at the college.
I also know people who have studied at the college and they all really enjoyed their time there.
Their positive experiences really encouraged me to strongly consider it as a choice for furthering my education.
The Food Nutrition and Health course looked particularly interesting to me as I was interested in learning how food is manufactured, as well as how it tastes, its nutritional content, how our bodies break down nutrients and why we need food to survive.
The range of units offered on this course interested me, including Food Manufacture, Using Your Senses and Human Anatomy and Physiology.
I have studied a diverse and interesting range of units so far. As part of my learning I get to participate in group work and complete different projects, and I have thoroughly enjoyed this.
I am really pleased that I chose to study at CAFRE. There are many benefits but the one benefit that really stands out for me is the hands-on, practical learning.
Loughry campus has great facilities which are preparing me well for a career in the agri-food industry and I am getting to experience what it will be like to work in the industry. I know I will be well prepared for my future career.
When I graduate from the National Diploma programme I would like to return to CAFRE to study for an Ulster University validated BSc (Hons) Degree to develop my knowledge and skills even further.
I highly recommend CAFRE as a place to study after GCSE. The course I am studying is living up to my expectations and I am gaining a very valuable insight in the agri-food industry and the range of career options open to me.
If you are looking for an alternative to A-levels and would be interested in a rewarding career in the food industry, please visit CAFRE’s website www.cafre.ac.uk or call CAFRE free on 0800 028 4291.
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