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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Food and Drink Entrepreneurship

Think like an entrepreneur and get ready to start a business in the fast-growing artisan food and drink market.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? B021
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Study food production and business, gain real-world experience and develop as an entrepreneur.
  • Explore the production methods behind a range of artisan and craft products.
  • Have the opportunity to launch your own food and drink business in the final year.

On this course, you’ll explore the world of food and drink, focusing particularly on artisanal products. You’ll gain the skills in business operations, marketing and financial fluency you need to manage your own business venture, while sharpening your strategic and entrepreneurial thinking. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to launch a successful food and drink start-up.

Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

How you learn

Watch course leader James Ellerby talk about this course.

You are taught by lecturers with a rich industry background, who have held key management positions in catering companies or owned their own restaurant businesses. This provides you not only with sector expertise, but useful contacts too.

Our experts infuse teaching with research, industry expertise and passion for artisan food and drink. You will be provided with a challenging and supportive learning environment where you will experience hands-on practical learning combined with a traditional classroom environment.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • problem-solving exercises
  • presentations
  • workshops
  • practical sessions in our state-of-the-art professional kitchen and restaurant space
  • field trips
  • site visits
  • work with external organisations

Course leaders and tutors

Michail Papaioannou
Michail Papaioannou
Senior Lecturer

Michael joined Sheffield Hallam as a Senior Lecturer in International Hotel Management. He also teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the topics … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

Your future employability is at the heart of everything we do and the course includes an optional placement year. Through our relationships with local, national and international employers, we can help you secure a great placement year and support you while you’re there.

Alternatively, you can pursue an accelerated degree by participating in our Learning in the Workplace programme, where you combine your studies with a semester spent working with an employer. These opportunities will help you to appreciate the realities of small business ownership and enhance your knowledge of the challenges unique to food and drink businesses.

Live projects

Opportunities for applied learning are embedded at each level of study, beginning in the first year when we nurture your enterprise and creativity. In the second year, you will transform your ideas for a new food and drink start up from a rough idea into a formal business plan before testing the market for your products and potentially launching your very own business through our final year 'Entrepreneurship in Action' module.

Field trips

You will develop your knowledge of a range of artisan products and the process of craft working through organised field trips. Previously, our students have visited The Sheffield Tap, a local pub and microbrewery, to develop both their product knowledge of beer and learn about the complexities surrounding the brewing process.

Networking opportunities

You will interact with the food and drink industry through visiting speakers, annual events, our strong alumni network and the activities of student societies such as the Hospitality and Enterprise societies.


You're encouraged to participate in competitions which celebrate success within the industry including Young Guns, a competition which recognises those who have excelled during their placement year, as well as Passion 4 Hospitality, Zest Quest Asia and many others.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • food and drink entrepreneurship
  • managerial positions within the catering and service industries
  • hotel and leisure groups

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • a state-of-the-art kitchen and restaurant space
  • specific software applications

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 104

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BCC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalents.
  • Maths at grade D or 3 or equivalents.

Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from QAA recognised Access to HE course or an equivalent Access to HE certificate..

If English is not the students first language, then a student will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We also welcome applications from people studying craft-based courses. For example: Level 3 Advanced Professional Cookery; Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Supervision in Food & Beverage Services

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Academic And Professional Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Business Analysis For The Service Sector Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enterprise Change And Creativity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global Food, Drink And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Hospitality Process And Decision Making Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Marketing Communications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Academic Research Skills Credits: 20
Module: Artisan Food And Drink Production Credits: 20
Module: Developing Food Products Credits: 20
Module: Enterprise And Small Business In Tourism, Hospitality And Events Credits: 20
Module: People And Organisations In Context Credits: 20
Module: Planning Your Own Business Credits: 20

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Critical Approaches In Hospitality Marketing, Experiences And Analytics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Entrepreneurship In Action Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Management For The Entrepreneur Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Food Supply Chain Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Small Business Strategy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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