BSc (Hons) / FdSc

Food Science and Technology (Higher and Degree Apprenticeship)

Food technology machine
  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree / Professional / Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Part-time
  • Location: Brackenhurst campus
  • Starting: April
  • Course duration: Higher - three years (PT) Degree - four years (PT)

Our Higher and Degree Apprenticeship in Food Science and Technology has been designed to meet the needs of the food and drink industry for the provision of higher level training in food science and technology. We enhance the skills and knowledge of food professionals, to help them develop into management roles for their employers.

Why choose this apprenticeship?

In such a fast moving industry there are excellent opportunities for career progression in this sector while at the same time there is also a real need for employees to be trained to degree level (classed as higher education). Apprenticeships can offer the best of both worlds.

Structured, quality assured education alongside practical on the job learning that benefits both the employer and the employee. Companies are recognising the benefit of investing in the development of their workforce and are prepared to take on Apprentices safe in the knowledge they will be gaining the skills and knowledge that will benefit their business.

Who is this aimed at?

The Higher 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 and under the Cogent Sector Skills Council Higher Level Apprenticeship Framework.

How is the degree or higher apprenticeship course run?

Embedded in each Apprenticeship is a NTU qualification.

  • The Higher Apprenticeship is a three year programme and includes an FdSc in Food Science and Technology.
  • 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. Find out more about the apprenticeship

Contact us

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.

Tel: +44 (0) 115 848 2351

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What you'll study

What will I study?

Higher Apprenticeship - FdSc route

Modules studied
Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Food ScienceLegislation and BusinessFood Industry and Environmental Management
Food Raw MaterialsNutrition and Product DevelopmentIntroduction to Biochemistry
Food SafetyMicrobiologyFood Product Manufacture
Quality AssuranceFood Unit OperationsProject

Degree Apprenticeship - BSc route

Those who wish to study the degree apprenticeship route will complete the three years of study as above with an additional year (Year Four) of study to include a work-based dissertation.

Modules studied in Year Four

  • Advanced Product Development
  • Biochemistry of Food Processing
  • Food Industry Management or Global Politics, Issues and Ethics
  • Food Processing Technology
  • Dissertation

How will I learn?

The course is delivered via a combination of taught blocks and independent study (distance learning). 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.

Each taught block is five days, starting 9 am Monday and finishing 2 pm Friday. There are four taught blocks in Years One and Two and three taught blocks in Years Three and Four.

Higher Apprenticeship - FdSc route

Taught blocks in each year of study
Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Week commencing:
11 April 2016
Week commencing:
23 January 2017
Week commencing:
29 January 2018
Week commencing:
13 June 2016
Week commencing:
3 April 2017
Week commencing:
9 April 2018
Week commencing:
12 September 2016
Week commencing:
4 September 2017
Week commencing:
25 June 2018
Week commencing:
14 November 2016
Week commencing:
6 November 2017
September: Project submission

Degree Apprenticeship - BSc route

Those who wish to study the degree apprenticeship route will complete the additional year (Year Four) of study. The taught blocks of year four are as follows:

  • Week commencing: 14 October 2019
  • Week commencing: 23 March 2020
  • Week commencing: 11 May 2020
  • September: Dissertation

How will I be assessed?

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

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.

Entry requirements

Employment requirements
You must be employed for at least one year with a minimum of 30 hours per week. You must have a contract of employment which includes an ‘Apprenticeship Agreement’ and be paid in-line with national minimum wage requirements. Your employers must fully support you in all aspects of your learning programme including time off to attend study sessions.

Entry requirements
You will need one of the following:

  • 160 points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent, including a Science subject) or
  • BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma.

You will also need GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above.

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.

Additional information
If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting your application.

International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements. Also see the full list of alternative qualifications for EU and international students.

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.

How to apply

How to apply

Apply direct to the University by clicking the 'apply online' button. Search and select the application for the FdSc Food Science and Technology PT course starting in April 2016.

Contact us

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.

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 115 848 2351
  • Email

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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 the Higher Apprenticeship the government pays 100% of the fees for 18 year old and 50% of the fees for those aged 19+ years.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on Additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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