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Food Science and Nutrition Level 3
- Course length
- 1 year full-time
This new one-year course is ideal for students who have already completed a Level 2 in either chef, bakery, hospitality or another food-related subject. The course aims to develop your food science and nutrition skills and broaden your knowledge of the principles of food science, diet and food nutrition.
Many roles in the food industry require workers who not only have the ability to contribute in a food production environment, but also have a strong knowledge and understanding of the necessity for a healthy balanced diet. On this course, you’ll cover a range of subjects such as food allergens, food safety and the nutritional needs of specific groups – areas which, combined with your existing Level 2 skills, will equip you with the necessary tools to enter a wide range of careers within this field.
You will also have the opportunity to gain highly valuable, real-world experience through a work placement, which UCB will help you to organise.
Why should I choose this course?
- As well as learning the theoretical side of food science and nutrition, you will learn the practical, hands-on skills that food industry employers are looking for
- You could also progress to one of UCB’s foundation degrees, including Food Development and Innovation or Food and Nutrition or Bakery and Patisserie Technology
- This course is ideal if you are fascinated by the food industry and want to keep your options open
- You will have the opportunity to go on a work placement to develop your skills and knowledge
Food Science and Innovation Suite
UCB boasts a multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Food Science and Innovation Suite which comprises two specialist kitchens, a bespoke sensory evaluation room, a pilot plant and science facilities. All laboratories in the innovation area have been designed with the help of the food industry to ensure our food science and nutrition students have a thorough understanding of the composition of food and how an incorrect diet can affect the young and elderly in the community.
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. Find out about our upcoming open days.
Why maths and English are so important to your career
Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and secure the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, you will continue to develop your English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits.
- Mathematics plays a vital role in the catering and hospitality industry. This applies to following a recipe or calculating nutritional data, such as measuring calorie and sugar content or salt and fat levels when creating menus.
- Being able to read both temperature and time and make suitable adjustments in both is vital in food/drink preparation
- Maths is also central in successful stock management which is vital in running restaurants, bakeries and bars
- Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of quality menus
- Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues
- Customer service requires good English skills in speaking and written communication
One of the UK’s top quality assurance organisations has described University College Birmingham as “one of the best, if not the best, catering colleges in the UK” in its assessment for two of the highest awards for colleges. Find out more about the College of Food's gold accreditations.
Teaching and assessment
Alongside classroom-based theory lessons you will work within our industry-standard Food Science and Innovation Suite.
The Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is assessed through a combination of written and external assignments and exams set and marked by the awarding body and University College Birmingham.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
- Normally, you will require a Level 2 in either chef, bakery, hospitality or a closely related food subject and, ideally, English and/or maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above
- You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the food science and nutrition industry
- If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.
Students are required to buy a uniform and set of equipment. To help keep costs to a minimum, these items are available to buy through UCB. If you have any concerns about the cost of the uniform, please discuss this at your interview as we may be able to help.
What will I study?
You will cover a series of modules including:
- Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups
- Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat
- Experimenting to Solve Food Production
- Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition
- Food Safety
- Food Allergens
Your study programme
In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.
For example; if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted.
Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.
To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.
Work placement - College of Food
Alongside training in our industry-standard Food Science and Innovation Suite, you will also gain additional experience on placements with opportunities available within food manufacturers, hotels, restaurants, artisan and craft bakeries and patisserie and cake decoration outlets. College of Food placements are generally two to three weeks in duration. The reputation of UCB is such that many of our students are offered part-time employment following a successful placement. Completing a placement will enable you to:
- Put what you’re learning into practice
- Gain a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
- Develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
- Enrich your CV
At UCB we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the 7th floor at Summer Row) who will provide support to help you make the most of your time with us. This includes:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
- Alumni support
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
On completion of this Level 3 course, you will be ready to enter a career in the food industry. Understanding food science and nutrition is relevant to many job roles and industries such as:
- Nutritionists in hospitals
- Food manufacturing
- Sports coaches and fitness instructors
- Care providers and government agencies
Alternatively, there are also opportunities to move into higher education at UCB and build on your growing knowledge and skills. You could take a foundation degree in Food and Nutrition, Bakery and Patisserie Technology, Culinary Arts Management or Food Development and Innovation, all of which are available at UCB.