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Level 6 Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional
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  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Four years part time
  • Study Mode(s): Block release
  • Campus: Brackenhurst Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Nottingham Trent University’s Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship has been designed in conjunction with the food and drink manufacturing industry.

Degree Apprenticeships help employers to grow their own talent and nurture the employees who will go on to play a key role in their business. For many employers it provides an alternative option to graduate recruitment. Employees get the opportunity to gain a degree in BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology, with the addition of hands-on experience gained through work.

  • Nottingham Trent University’s Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship has been designed in conjunction with the food and drink manufacturing industry.
  • Degree Apprenticeships help employers to grow their own talent and nurture the employees who will go on to play a key role in their business. For many employers it provides an alternative option to graduate recruitment.
  • The apprenticeship offers structured, quality assured education alongside practical on the job learning that benefits both the employer and the employee.
  • 92% of Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship students would recommend NTU (National Student Survey, 2022).

Who is this aimed at?

The Degree Apprenticeship is equivalent to the first steps on the Higher Education ladder, and is aimed at applicants, aged 18 and over, interested in developing a scientific or technical career. Some Apprentices start in entry level roles whilst others are more experienced staff perhaps without formal qualifications in the field. Usually their career and responsibilities progress throughout the duration of the programme. It is ideal for those in roles covering quality assurance, technical, production and new product development.

  • You will study a range of disciplines in food science and technology, including biochemistry, product development and manufacturing processes and technologies.
  • The block study approach allows you to combine studies with work and apply what you learn at University to the workplace.
  • You will be working with others from the food industry, sharing work and study experiences.
  • This course is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology

How is the degree apprenticeship course run?

The Degree Apprenticeship is a four-year programme which leads to a full BSc (Hons) in Food Science and Technology.

Here's what our students say:

"The best thing about doing my Apprenticeship is getting the combination of work experience and a salary, while getting a degree and not racking up tens of thousands of pounds of debt to pay for university." Ryan Clifford, Research and Development Apprentice.

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We can guide you through the complexities of applying, employer commitments and fees and funding. Get in touch to find out how to get started.

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We are ranked among the top 5 of UK universities for employer satisfaction, with a score of 92% for the quality of apprenticeship training provided (FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey 2019).

What you’ll study

How will I learn?

You will experience a range of learning and teaching methods. As well as traditional lectures and tutorials you will undertake practical work in our food processing laboratory and chemistry laboratory. Visits to commercial businesses are also arranged. Course material will also be delivered by online learning.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through coursework (60%) and exams (40%).

Block study periods

The course is delivered by a combination of fourteen 5-day block study periods alongside online learning to deliver additional material. Years One and Two will each contain four study blocks and years Three and Four will each contain three study blocks.

Food Chemistry

Study aspects of chemistry that are of particular relevance to food production. Carry out laboratory analysis of foodstuffs and learn the principles of data analytics.

Food Raw Materials

Understanding the different attributes of a range of food raw materials and evaluate how agriculture practices affect their quality. The module also covers supply chain management procedures, and how primary production is manipulated to modify characteristics of raw materials.

Food Safety

Gain the knowledge and skills to implement safe practices in the production of food. This module covers the professionally recognised Level 4 Food Safety syllabus.

Food Product Manufacture

Learn how to combine theory with practical application. You'll use the pilot plant equipment in the food processing hall to undertake a range of food processing operations and apply principles of safety, hygiene and quality to food production.

Principles of Product Development

Assess the market and identify the need for a new product across different sectors of the food industry. you'll also learn about technical feasibility and cost analysis of developing a new product.

Quality Assurance

Examine concepts, methodologies and techniques of food quality assurance, including hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP). Carry out shelf-life assessments and apply quality assurance techniques to food products.

Microbiology of Food Processing

Develop knowledge and understanding of microbial food spoilage and toxin production. Undertake laboratory work, learning and applying a variety of techniques for the microbiological assessment of food.

Sustainable Food Production

Discuss the challenges, problems and benefit related to the sustainability of food production and food supply chains. You'll also identify and evaluate methods by which the environmental impact of the food industry can be minimised.

Professional Development for the Food Industry

Learn business and management skills and understand organisational structures within the food industry.

Consumer Nutrition and Health

Understand human nutrition and develop an ability to analyse foods for macronutrients associated with nutrition and allergens. You'll also investigate how consumer needs affect product development.

Food Technology

Gain a sound understanding of processing operations used in the food industry, including mixing and emulsifying, filtration, heat-processing methods and dehydration.


Carry out an individual work-based study project on a topic approved by the University and your employer.

Food Biochemistry

Study the biochemical aspects of food processing, both beneficial (e.g. fermentation processes) and detrimental (e.g. food spoilage). Genetically modified (GM) crops and microbes will also be explored.

Product Innovation

Consider the stages involved in the development of a new food product from specification design and cost analysis through to packaging, labelling and marketing. Understand the various constraints within which new food product development takes place.

Food Industry Management

Develop and promote your management skills. You'll focus on management issues within the food industry, including understanding the integrated nature of the supply chain and the commercial and political environment in which the industry operates.

Advances in Food Processing and Technology

This module will broaden your understanding of a range of food processing technologies, including membrane processes, high pressure processing and freezing, chilling and controlled atmosphere preservation. You will also learn about the scientific principles underpinning these technologies and their impact on food production, quality and safety.

End Point Assessment

This module fulfils the Apprenticeship requirement for an end point assessment. You will be required to undertake a substantial workplace project on a topic agreed upon by you, the University and your employer. You will also undergo a technical interview which will test your competence as a food industry technical professional.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Our current students and recent graduates tell you all about their time at NTU and what they've gone on to do next.

Student Profiles

Kate Rose

Level 6 Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship

My experience at Brackenhurst has taught me to step out of my comfort zone and take risks.

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Staff Profiles

Jennifer Slack

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Jennifer Slack is a Senior Lecturer in Food Science and Technology at NTU and Course Leader for Food Industry Technical Professional (L6) Apprenticeship.

Case Studies

Kate Rose

Kate Rose, 21, works for Mondelēz International and studies at NTU's Brackenhurst campus. One of Kate’s favourite things about her apprenticeship is the modules that cover a broad range of topics in the food industry, some of which she isn’t directly involved in at her workplace. Read more to hear Kate further express how the apprenticeship positively impacts her job role.

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Careers and employability

Your career development

This qualification will assist your career progression within the food and drink sector. They are appropriate for a range of roles including quality assurance, technical, production and new product development.

This course does not currently offer placements.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC including a Science subject; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant Science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in a Science subject; and
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4.

For this course we accept the following Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Biology, Environmental Studies, Sports Science and Design and Technology: Food Technology.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility.

Other requirements

You must be employed in the food industry under an 'Apprenticeship Agreement'. Your employers must fully support you in all aspects of your learning programme including time off to attend study sessions.

Applications are also encouraged from industry professionals or mature students who may not have formal entry qualifications, but who can demonstrate commitment or have relevant experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email us.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

EU students are eligible, please contact the apprenticeship team for eligibility information.

Unfortunately this course is not available for international students.

Fees and funding

Your employer will be able to access government funding to help support with you with tuition fees. There is no limit to the number of funded places an employer can apply for. For apprenticeship fees, funding and guidance information, please see our Apprenticeships pages.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

Candidates are not required to attend an interview for this course.

Application deadline

Applications for the part-time course can be submitted up until the start of the course in October. Places are subject to availability, therefore we would advise early application.

Information for your employer

We have lots of useful advice and guidance on our website to help you discuss your options with your employer.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

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