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Food and Consumer Science

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Entry into Year 2 with BBB to include Food Studies and Biology or Chemistry

HNC (BTEC)

M

Entry into Year 2 with an HNC (BTEC) in one of the following:- Applied Biology Applied Science Hospitality Management

HND (BTEC)

M

Entry into Year 2 with an HND (BTEC) in one of the following:- Applied Biology Applied Science Hospitality Management

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Applied Science Applied Science (Medical Science) Business Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Environmental Sustainability Health & Social Care Hospitality Sport Travel & Tourism Entry into Year 2 with DDD Hospitality

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

Entry into Year 2 with Health & Food Technology or Home Economics and Biology or Chemistry

Scottish HNC

Pass

Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:- Applied Science - Graded Unit B Fitness, Health & Exercise - Graded Unit B Hospitality - Graded Unit B Hospitality Operations - Graded Unit B Professional Cookery - Graded Unit B

Scottish HND

Pass

Entry into Year 2 with an HND in one of the following:- Applied Biological Science - Graded Units BB Applied Science - Graded Unit B Fitness, Health & Exercise - Graded Unit B Hospitality Management - Graded Unit B Professional Cookery - Graded Unit B

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-144

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Food science

Nutrition

Are you fascinated by food and what drives our everyday food choices? Do you want to make a difference and design sustainable and nutritious foods for the future? We delve into the complex relationships between food and the consumer while we teach you how to develop and produce safe, healthy, and nutritious foods, bearing in mind all the factors that impact on consumer choices.

This vocational degree covers all the factors that shape food supply and food choices. Our academic experts will teach you:

The techniques and skills needed to develop new food products.
How to innovate and make healthy, delicious foods that are safe to consume.
The quality and safety requirements needed to manufacture foods.
A person’s nutritional requirements throughout their lifespan.
How to meet the needs of society, industry and consumers for sustainable food quality.

This degree is designed to make you industry-ready, blending academic learning with practical skills in our £3.5m state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. A work placement in the third year gives you real-life work experience and great networking opportunities for the future.

The course is aligned with the General Teaching Council (GTC) requirements for the PG Diploma in Home Economics teaching and is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST).

If you have a passion for food and want to study a wide-ranging and flexible degree, then Abertay is for you. Our courses are ideal for secondary school leavers, entrants from further education colleges, and mature students.

Our Food Science courses ranked 3rd in the UK, and top in Scotland in the Guardian 2020 University Guide. According to Unistats, 100% of our graduates are employed six months after graduating and we scored 93% for Overall Satisfaction in the 2021 National Student Survey giving Abertay the highest scoring Food degrees in Scotland.

For the first two years, everyone takes Food Science, Nutrition and Wellbeing as a foundation. After that, you’ll specialise, and take this course in years three and four. Find out more in the 'How the Course Works' section below.

Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to come for high quality teaching. But don't take our word for it:

Sunday Times UK University of the Year 2020 for Teaching Quality.
Guardian University Guide 2021 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with Teaching, Course and Feedback.
National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.

Modules

Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - FOD101 Fundamentals of Nutrition; LSC100 Science Principles and Practice;
LAW251 Law; FOD105 Food and the Consumer; FOD106 Safe Food Handling.

You will also be required to select one elective module. For detailed module information please check our website.

Assessment methods

A variety of teaching methods from traditional lectures to tutorials and case studies, drawing examples from industry linked projects, through collaboration with [email protected] The students have an opportunity to gain real life experience through the 10 week-long placement at Year 3, giving them the opportunity to put into practice their academic learning. You will be assessed by coursework, class tests, online assessments, exam presentations, vivas and projects.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,000
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Abertay Campus

Department:

School of Applied Sciences

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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.

93%
high
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 and beverage studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

98%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

85%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
C

Subjects allied to medicine

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

98%
med
Employed or in further education
68%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Science, engineering and production technicians
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Engineering professionals

Subjects allied to medicine

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.

£22,500
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Nursing and midwifery professionals

This is the subject you need to study if you want to become a dietician — an important job in the country’s healthcare sector, and the single most common job for nutrition graduates. We don’t have many graduates in nutrition every year and with the population becoming more aware of health and well-being and with many medical needs being addressed by the application of specific diets, this is likely to be an area of increasing demand in the future.

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.

£16k

£16k

£25k

£25k

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.

Allied health

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

£23k

£23k

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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