Subject Information

Food is key to the survival of us all, and the safe production of high quality food that promotes a healthy lifestyle is top of today’s agenda. Production and distribution of food and related services, is the largest and most important economic activity in the world. The health and welfare of people everywhere depend on the reliable storage, successful processing and safe handling of all types of food.

Food professionals are in great demand and work in many occupations including industry (manufacturing, retailing and food service), universities and schools, government, research and development, quality assurance and food law enforcement. As well as animal farming and husbandry, agricultural service activities, fishing and the production process.

Approximately 12% of England's food and drink manufacturing employment is in the South West, which boasts 1.8 million hectares of agricultural land and is home to over 25% of all organic farmers and over 30% of the UK’s dairy production. Bridgwater & Taunton College offers a range of training programmes aimed at the food and drink sector, as well as programmes relating specifically to food production.

What our students say

Food Technology Student Clive Richer

Clive Richer

We at Norseland Ltd use Bridgwater College as our preferred education provider and have done so for a number of years. I believe they are the only educational establishment within the local radius to offer the variety of courses we require, particularly at a professional and post graduate level.”

Clive Richer is Human Resource and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Norseland Ltd.

Food Technology Student Aneta Venn

Aneta Venn

In order for me to progress within the food industry I needed to achieve a recognised qualification, but with English not being my first language this presented me with a challenge. The tutorial support I have received from both the lecturers and fellow students has been brilliant and benefited my learning. I feel confident that this course will help enhance my English and help me progress within my current employment position.”

Aneta is originally from Poland, she moved to the UK six years ago to find employment and now works as a Quality Controller at Yeo Valley.