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Food and Nutrition Top-up

University College Birmingham

UCAS Code: Not applicable | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


HND (BTEC)

P

A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Food, Food and Nutrition or Food Technology, with 240 credits.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Variable | 2022

Subject

Food science

**OVERVIEW**
**Nutrition issues have become increasingly important in the commercial food sector, with food-related research and product developments now being regularly reported in the media. With growing demand for graduates with specialised nutrition backgrounds, our Food and Nutrition top-up degree course is a great option for anyone with existing knowledge of this field to help you get into the industry.**

This Food and Nutrition top-up course is designed for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject (up to Level 5) and has been developed in accordance with guidelines from the Association for Nutrition (AfN) with the aim of becoming an accredited course. Expanding upon your current knowledge and skills, your studies will cover core competencies for the sector, including nutritional science, current issues in food and nutrition, supply and sustainability.

To help support your learning, you will have the chance to work in our cutting-edge Food Science and Innovation Suite as well as our industry standard kitchen facilities at University College Birmingham. Thanks to our celebrated links with the food industry, you will also benefit from a range of guest lectures and the latest industry research.

**WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?**
- **Specialise your studies** – Develop a specialism relevant to your chosen career through optional modules, covering subjects including food technology and food education

- **Practical application** – Get hands-on working in our state-of-the-art facilities featuring the latest food testing and diagnostic equipment

- **Enrichment** – Our industry connections provide you with guest lectures from experts and additional work experience opportunities, as well as the latest research from the industry

**FACILITIES**
University College Birmingham is renowned for its outstanding food industry training facilities. As a student on our Food and Nutrition course, you will have access to our professional standard kitchens which are used regularly for prestigious competitions, as well as our Food Science and Innovation Suite. Designed with the help of the food industry, this multi-million pound suite features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology, state-of-the-art development kitchen facilities and a bespoke sensory evaluation room.

**PLACEMENTS**
We encourage students on our top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies.

Employers we have worked with include Ritz Carlton Naples (Florida), NHS England, Holland & Barrett (Coventry), Food Cycle (Birmingham) and Sandwell Council (Birmingham).

**CAREERS AND PROGRESSION**
Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
- Nutritionist

- Food technologist

- Product/process development scientist

- Health promotion specialist

- Nutritional therapist

- Secondary school teacher (food technology)

You could also progress onto one of our postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham.

- **Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course**

Modules

- Current Issues in Food and Nutrition
- Food Supply and Sustainability
- Nutritional Science

Plus one option from:

- Applied Food Project
- Research Project

Plus one option from:

- Food Technology
- Nutrition at Key Life Stages
- Nutrition for Performance
- Principles for Teaching and Learning with Food

Assessment methods

**Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk**

**ASSESSMENT**

Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course (weighting may vary depending on optional modules):

- **Coursework** – 80%
- **Practical assessment** – 10%
- **Written examinations** – 10%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,500
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

Sport and Nutrition - BA/BSc

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
low
Food science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Food sciences

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
C
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Food & beverage studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
68%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Food preparation and hospitality trades
12%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Agriculture, food and related studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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