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BSc (Honours) Professional Practice in Food Technology

Degree apprenticeship

Students and tutor in catering kitchenAn apprenticeship course you can complete while working in a related job role, qualifying as a degree-level food technology professional.


How does the degree apprenticeship work?

You study a university course alongside 30+ hours of employment a week – so you'll need a relevant job role before you apply. The combination of the course and the job has to meet a national ‘apprenticeship standard’ – in this case the Food Industry Technical Professional standard. So you get to study for a recognised qualification, while earning a salary and having no student fees to pay.

The course normally takes 3 years part-time, followed by an endpoint assessment which you'll complete within 6 months.



1. Course summary

  • Learn to meet the technical challenges of the food industry rigorously and creatively.
  • Apply your learning in the workplace immediately, helping your business to progress.

The Food and Drink Federation says food manufacturers face a critical skills gap and will need 109,000 new recruits by 2022. Completing this innovative work-based course will give you the qualification and accreditation you need to provide leadership and help your business tackle tomorrow’s food industry.


2. How you learn

Core topics including food science, food technology and food safety management are delivered alongside work-based projects, allowing you to get the best of both worlds.

You learn through

  • block study periods of typically 3 days
  • scientific reports
  • workplace audits
  • technical portfolios
  • presentations
  • examinations



3. Where you'll study

You'll study at our City Campus, with access to state-of-the-art laboratory and processing facilities to develop the practical and intellectual skills you need to excel in the food industry.

4. Entry requirements

You need a job role to accompany your apprenticeship course

This has to be 30+ hours a week of employment in a relevant job role – and you would need your employer to agree to fund your course, either through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy. You must also have the right to Abode in the UK.

You normally need qualifications as well

The usual entry requirements are GCSE (or equivalent) mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above – plus the following

  • for school leavers, 96 UCAS points, including one A level or equivalent in food technology or a science
  • or for applicants with relevant work experience, one A level or equivalent


5. Modules

Year 1 • reflective and personal development skills • food supply chain management • food composition: chemistry and nutrition • food composition: microbiological ecology and pathogens • the physics of heating and cooling food • work-based review
Year 2 • reflective skills for professional performance • food safety, HACCP and risk management • food processing technology • food conversion operations and packaging technology • practices in food product development • work-based project
Year 3 • professional review and future planning • work-based investigation • food innovation management • food operations management • food quality management and labelling


6. Fees and funding

You'll need an employer who can support your application – funding your course through government co-funding or the apprenticeship levy.

Funding options for employers.



How do I apply?

If you're already employed and your employer is willing to support your application, here's the application form you fill out together.

If you don't have an employer who can support you yet, here's how you can look for opportunities.

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