This programme provides an exciting route to a career in the food manufacturing industry. Students also use it as a stepping stone to a career in teaching food technology. During the programme you will get practical experience using the state-of-the-art processing facilities in the Food Innovation Centre. This facility is used to conduct practical activities which link theory with industrial
During Year 1 you will look at safe food production from raw materials to end product and also study the science behind the technology. Additionally you will investigate the food industry and its associated issues from producer to consumer, along with food business management and personal development and employability skills.
This is followed, in Year 2, by investigation of food processing technologies and the development of new food products. Food safety and quality are core themes and the concepts and processes behind these are studied. Nutrition and food science are studied throughout the programme.
Assessment is continuous for each module and is made up of a variety of methods which may include practical reports, essays, case studies, presentations, in-class tests and portfolios. Students sit two exams in their final year. The programme includes a wide variety of visits to food processing facilities and retail outlets. These study visits are used to support college-based learning. You are encouraged to undertake a work placement activity, allowing you to reflect on the application of theory in practice.Graduates have a high record of employability, with 100% of students either progressing to BSc(Hons) or starting a career in the food industry.
Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Food Production Manager
– Quality Assurance Manager
– Product Development Technologist
– Food Microbiologist
– Laboratory Analyst
– Food Process Technologist
– Food Business Technical Manager
– Nutrition Analyst
– Food Technology Teacher
– Food Safety Auditor
- UCAS Code: D690
- Institution codes: DUCHY D55
- Awarded by: Duchy College & Plymouth University
- Course Fee (per annum): £7500
48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.
Course DocumentsFdSc Food Studies Handbook
Food scientists and technologists can expect to earn up to £38k, it's a growing and ever changing industry with lots of opportunity to develop.
Indicative Modules Year 1
- Food Processing
- Food Quality
- Food Safety Management
- Principles of Food Science & Nutrition
- Agriculture & the Food Chain
- Personal & Employability Skills Development- Research Skills
Indicative Modules Year 2
- Quality Assurance & Safety
- Food Unit Operations
- Applied Food Science & Nutrition
- Consumer Issues
- Product Development- Research Project
*Modules are subject to change and availability
Philip Farndon FdSc Food StudiesFormer Food Studies student is now a New Product Development Supervisor at Lynher Dairies...
After I finished my A-levels I was tempted to go to university but I wasn’t sure what course I wanted to do. I took a year out to look at my options and applied for the position of packing assistant in 2012 at Lynher Dairies. While I was in that role my interest grew in the industry and Dane Hopkins, the dairy manager, offered me the opportunity to undertake the Dairy Industry Skills Apprenticeship Level 2. This was something that I hadn’t considered, but I really enjoyed it as it enabled me to learn hands-on while working in the dairy and it opened my eyes to food manufacturing. After I finished my apprenticeship I started the Food Studies Foundation Degree at Duchy College, where I learnt about food safety, food science and nutrition, food quality and food processing. I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my courses at Duchy College and find the teaching to be of a very high standard. Small class sizes create a friendly atmosphere, which only goes to support the learning. I have since moved onto cheesemaking and I’m now the new product development supervisor at Lynher Dairies. No day is typical as it is really varied, but always incorporates cheesemaking and store work. I love the freedom to create new things and work as part of a team at the dairy. This vocational route and with the foundation degree on top has opened up many new doors. In the next five years I aim to be either within the food industry, or studying for another degree or qualification."
Glenn Coulson Lecturer - Food StudiesGlenn’s main role at Duchy College is to teach on the Food Studies programmes (including the foundation degree), he also works as laboratory support for other courses and is a consultant for the College’s Food Innovation Service (FIS). Glenn graduated with a Microbiology & Virology degree and began a career in food analysis with a Campden BRI accredited food testing laboratory.
"We offer our students real-life experiences and skills development in a food laboratory setting. The problem-solving investigations they participate in and product development that happens throughout the year on our food technology courses are a great learning experience. Opportunity in the sector is growing, and we are the only college in the region to offer skills training for an industry that has seen its exports double in the last decade, bucking the national trend.Teaching both school leavers at further education level and degree programmes has some great cross-over. Some of the data generated by our research consultancy arm at FIS, produced by student interns, is used in undergraduate classes as case studies. Our students have been able to work on projects ranging from allergen-free soups to dairy-free yogurt.The skills our students develop on these courses, core science-based analytical competencies, can really open up a wide range of careers.”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.
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