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Food Science

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-A,A,B

Two science subjects from chemistry, biology, maths and physics (chemistry recommended); or one science and one science-related subject such as applied science, food technology, economics, geography and psychology. A pass is required in science practicals, where taken. Citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and leisure studies are not accepted.

Pass the Access to Science course with 60 credits overall, including 45 at level 3, of which 30 must be in relevant science modules and at merit. GCSE English at grade C or above is also required.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M1,M2-D3,M2,M3

In two science subjects from chemistry, biology, maths and physics (chemistry recommended); or one science and one science-related subject such as applied science, food technology, economics, geography and psychology.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

Including specified grades in two science subjects from chemistry, biology, maths and physics (chemistry recommended); or one science and one science-related subject such as applied science, food technology, economics, geography and psychology, at Higher Level and English language.

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

DDD

Science-based, such as Applied Science

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A-A,B

In two science subjects from chemistry, biology, maths and physics (chemistry recommended); or one science and one science-related subject such as applied science, food technology, economics, geography and psychology. This qualification is only accepted in combination with five Scottish Highers at grades AABBB-ABBBB.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B-A,B,B,B,B


This qualification is only accepted in combination with two Scottish Advanced Highers at grades AA-AB, in two science subjects from chemistry, biology, maths and physics (chemistry recommended); or one science and one science-related subject such as applied science, food technology, economics, geography and psychology.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

Accepted alongside two science subjects at A Level from chemistry, biology, maths and physics (chemistry recommended); or one science and one science-related subject such as applied science, food technology, economics, geography and psychology.

UCAS Tariff

104-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Food science

Our accredited food science course gives you the scientific knowledge and technical skills to:

- Design and engineer innovative food

- Make food with improved taste, texture and nutrition

- Develop sustainable ingredients

- Make food safe and affordable

You'll learn how to apply science to create sustainable, nutritious, safe food. Using our specialist food facilities you'll investigate the properties of foods:

- Food processing facility - learn about different technologies and engineering

- Quality control lab - use equipment to assess product and process quality

- Teaching lab - learn about the role of microbiology in food safety and production

- Flavour lab - use our world class lab to understand flavour chemistry

- Sensory science centre - test consumer preferences and understand how we perceive flavour

We have strong links with industry, which means that you'll get plenty of exposure to food companies. In the third year, you'll develop a new food product and present this to industry guests.

Throughout your degree you can choose from a range of additional options. You can apply to do these when you get here:

- Industry placement - you can add a year in industry between years two and three

- Study abroad - in Australia, Canada, or the USA

- Computer Science year - use algorithms to analyse complex data and apply this to your course

Modules

We'll teach you about food chemistry and physiology, to develop your scientific understanding of food. Food microbiology and nutrition cover food safety and the relationship between food and health. At the end of the year, we visit different food companies, so you can see how this is applied in real-life.

In the second year, you get a detailed understanding of process engineering. You will follow the whole process from the ingredients used to the final packaged food. You'll develop skills in sensory evaluation. Using techniques, you'll understand how to test consumer acceptance of new products. You'll study technical, scientific and engineering concepts in food spoilage, food preservation and food quality.

In the final year you will carry out a unique research project supervised one-on-one by our academic team. You'll deepen your understanding of microbial methods and the use of data. You'll study food flavour, looking at aroma, taste and texture perception. You'll work as a team to develop a new product to present to your peers and industry.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£25,000
per year
International
£25,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sutton Bonington Campus

Department:

School of Biosciences

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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.

96%
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 sciences

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

74%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
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?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
2%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
B

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.

Agriculture, food and related 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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
64%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Engineering professionals
20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
18%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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.

£23k

£23k

£21k

£21k

£26k

£26k

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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