Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Cannington Centre

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for students who wish to combine their interest in food with a science technical qualification. Have you ever wondered how food products are designed, made and tested on a large scale or what controls there are concerning what it consists of and how it is manufactured? Take a look at Food Technology. It’s a fast moving, ever changing and innovative industry to be involved in. There is currently a skills shortage and strong demand for qualified students.

What does the course involve?

Components of the course include:

  • Quality Assurance
  • Laboratory Analysis
  • Food Chemistry
  • Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Product Development
  • Packaging Design
  • Legal Aspects
  • Nutrition
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Processing
  • Work Placement

What makes this course special?

  • Employability – Training and qualifications for an industry with a current skills shortage
  • Study tours abroad – utilising modern training facilities at Saint Lô Thère Food Technology College in Normandy, France
  • Strong links to local food industries provides a good mix of academic study with practical work
  • Visits to local food Industries and visits into the classroom by guest speakers from the Food Industry
  • Tutors from industry provide a modern and  ‘up to date’ programme
  • Industry recognised certificates in Food Safety and HACCP are incorporated into the course
  • Compliments further studies in Science, Engineering or Business.

Placements/Work Placements

A compulsory work experience is part of the Level 3 Food Technology and Development Study Programme which will provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and use the skills they will have gained at College.

To complete this compulsory unit, students must provide evidence of completing 300 hours of work related experience. They will be given the chance to carry out the placement as part of the timetabled study programme (to be confirmed on induction).

With support from the Personal Tutor, the College recommends that learners start looking as soon as they have applied to ensure they get the placement that they want. Previous placements have included Yeo Valley, Cheddar Chocolate, Radfords Fine Fudge, Cossey Fresh Produce, Farrington Farm Shop, Coombes Fisheries, Barnstaple and Wildes Cheese in London.

Entry Requirements

You will need five GCSEs in the A* – C or 9 – 4 range  including Science, English and Maths.  Entry is also subject to a successful interview.

What are the assessment methods?

The course is assessed by coursework which includes:

  • Written Assignments
  • Projects
  • Performance observations of practical work
  • Presentations
  • Work Place Assessment
  • Level 3 Food Safety
  • Level 3 HACCP

How long is the course?

Full time for two years. Students have the option to study an A/AS level qualification alongside this course to compliment their studies.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • Educational visits (will be confirmed at induction)

What are the progression options?

You can progress directly on to the Foundation Degree in Food Technology and Development offered by the College.

If you are keen to enter employment directly then this course will definitely help gain entry to a career in the food industry.

Awarding Body

  • EDQ

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