Innovation and creativity in food development is crucial if the industry is to meet the challenges posed by a diverse market and changing consumer trends. Technology is constantly evolving to meet the demands of a nutritious, safe and sustainable food supply. This course combines up-to-date technical knowledge with the practical skills required by the food industry.
This course is designed for individuals who are seeking a management career in the food, beverage and retail industries. The food industry is diverse, consisting of small and niche businesses, blue chip manufacturers and major retailers. Additionally, this course is designed for those interested in food media and food technology education.
While analysing the industry in its broadest sense, module options allow specialisation in areas such as food product and process development, public relations and marketing. Food technology specialists undertake all aspects of product development – from concept, idea generation, formulation, optimisation, pilot trials and product evaluations through to commercialisation and launch.
You will assess new food ingredients, identify appropriate market applications and learn how to enhance the sensory attributes of products and recipes, ensuring food delivers the consistent quality expected from manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
Students studying the FdSc will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BSc (Hons) at the end of year 2.
What our staff and students say
If you have a passion for food without necessarily wanting to become a chef this is the perfect degree for you – you can build on your cooking skills throughout the course while discovering the hundreds of different avenues available to you within the food industry. I have just been offered a job as a junior creative developer at a food business development company, which will be the beginning of my career in food research and development.
I chose UCB for its global recognition and well-established links with all areas of the ever-changing food industry. The enthusiasm, passion and expertise is evident throughout the University and it is this spirit that ensures every student achieves the very best experiences.
Innovation and creativity are essential in the food, beverage and retail industries. This course will give future industry managers and leaders the knowledge and understanding to succeed at the highest level.
Why choose this course?
- Optional 12-month paid placement - You can undertake a 12-month paid placement to experience the industry first-hand and gain valuable work experience. You will not incur tuition fees during the placement
- Placement experience - Your employability will be enhanced through work placements embedded in your course during your first two years
- Cutting-edge technology - You will get the chance to work in our new Science and Food Science and Innovation Suite, which features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology alongside state-of-the-art development kitchen facilities
- Access to industry - Well-developed links with industry are reflected in the design and delivery of this course. Industry-led projects and assignments have a strong industrial focus ensuring students experience real live projects
- Enhance your knowledge - You will examine current trends within the industry such as health, food availability, food security and the rise in food costs
Food Science & Innovation Suite
Our new multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Food Science & Innovation Suite comprises:
- Two specialist kitchens
- A bespoke sensory evaluation room
- A pilot plant
- Science facilities
All laboratories in the innovation area have been designed with the help of the food industry and replicate the environment that you could work in after graduation.
As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You might even qualify for an additional £500 per year.
Uniform and kit costs
This course incurs additional costs for uniform and kit. The approximate cost is £201-£243, depending on the particular items you purchase. Please also be aware that prices are subject to change each year. Exact costs, as well as information on how to order the required items, will be provided prior to enrolment.
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.
Accreditations and Endorsements
Teaching & assessment
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 17 teaching contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group lectures: 5 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching: 2 hours of seminars in small groups discussing the topics presented in lectures
- Practical sessions - 6 hours of teaching in practical environments for skills development, sensory and food analytical activities and microbiology
- Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials, being a mixture of personal, group and academic success tutorials per week
- Subject advice sessions - 2 hours per week across a range of topics
In addition, you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 53%
- Practical assessment - 32%
- Written examinations - 15%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Food Development and Innovation BSc (Hons)
A Level: An A level grade profile of CCC
BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MMM, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Food Development and Innovation FdSc
A Level: An A level grade profile of CD
BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PPP, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance.
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56 UCAS Tariff points
Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check your eligibility.
Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.
Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2019/20 entry.
For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.
Students joining the course with no culinary arts qualifications or experience can attend a short bridging course in practical skills development before year 1 starts. Additionally, all students will undertake a brief induction period prior to the first semester, focusing on academic development and orientation.
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FdSc students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdSc students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.
Optional Work Placement
Plus one option from:
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated,
the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs,
we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
As well as the opportunity to complete a 12-month work placement within the industry at the end of your second year, you will have other work placements embedded in your course during your first two years – either as two periods of three weeks or 120 hours in total.
Placement locations have previously included:
- Supermarkets (head offices). For example, Sainsbury’s
- Samworth Brothers
- Blue Earth Foods
- FareShare charity
These work placements will provide you with the opportunity to develop all the skills, knowledge, experience and practices that you will develop on your course and relate them to the working environment to gain a sound base of industrial experience. This will be organised by our dedicated hired@UCB team.
12-month placements are dependent on the availability of the employer/role and also on you passing an application/interview process.
What our employers say
At UCB, we understand the importance of work placements within academic study, and our employer contacts say they give preference to students with qualifications who also have experience within the field. Our hired@UCB team will assist you in finding a placement that gives you the relevant experience to support your future career plans.
Blue Earth Foods has supported the placement of students from a range of courses, providing the opportunity to perform a live role within product and process development or commercial departments. The roles are those which we have been actively recruiting for (such as assistant development chef, junior product technologist and commercial administrator). The calibre of UCB students has been very high, with far greater alignment to the workplace than is the norm. A 12-month placement student performed so impressively that he was offered a full-time position before returning to continue his final year studies
If you do well on your placement, there are additional opportunities available such as recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas including developing new products, reformulating old ones, marketing, education or the media.
Graduate careers include:
- Food product development
- Food journalism
- Product evaluation
- Quality assurance
- Food selection and buying
- Health promotion
- Research and development
- Food consultancy
- Food technology teaching
Successful graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate studies. UCB offer a range of postgraduate degrees and you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan.
hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships and apprenticeships
- Graduate schemes and alumni support
- Unitemps - UCB's recruitment agency
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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