Professionally accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology, the Food Science and Technology degree at Cardiff Met aims to provide you with a broad understanding of modern food industries.
The course combines theoretical studies and practical work, which may be applied in the modern industrial food environment. The modular structure of the course is designed to allow you to develop your own career path according to the modules selected.
The degree continues to perform well in recruitment to the food industry post-graduation.
Learning & Teaching
Food Science & Technology is taught by a combination of lectures, practical classes, tutorials and seminars. All modules are supported by the use of the Moodle virtual learning environment.
The structured application of various teaching methods throughout the programme is intended to provide learning environments which are the most effective for the achievement of the course aims and objectives. Initially, the emphasis will be placed upon the use of lectures coupled with seminars which will include group discussion and workshops. These methods will be supported by guided individual study and field visits.
As you progress through your degree a variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed, and a greater degree of practical work in laboratories and the in-house food processing pilot plant is introduced.
Personal tutors are nominated at the start of the programme and are maintained throughout the course of study. The academic team has a wealth of experience and many are experts in their fields with research and consultancy backgrounds.
Employability & Careers
A career in the food industry will put you in the middle of the largest and most important economic activity in the world.
The health and welfare of people everywhere depends on good agricultural yields and on the reliable storage, successful processing and safe handling of all types of food. All these activities and many others create a demand for well-qualified and experienced specialists who can play their part in the complex and increasingly sophisticated food supply system.
The food and drink manufacturing industry is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK. It employs some 470,000 people, representing 13% of the manufacturing workforce in the UK and has a turnover of £75bn accounting for 15% of the total manufacturing sector. Ours is the fourth largest food and drink manufacturing industry in the world. In addition, an estimated 1.2 million workers in ancillary activities depend on a successful food and drink industry for their jobs.
Independent food experts have stated that the long-term prosperity of our food industry depends upon a continuing supply of trained food scientists and technologists. The food industry today is in desperate need of these technically trained staff and this course is providing graduates to fill that gap. With an almost one hundred per cent employment rate, graduates can gain employment within many areas, including research and development, quality control, hygiene, packaging, food microbiology and food analysis.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants who wish to undertake this course without the foundation should have five GCSEs including the English Language (or Welsh First Language), Mathematics* and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England).
Typical offers may include:
- 112 points from at least 2 A levels to include grades CC, one to be in a Science / Food Technology subject; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject
- RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM within Science / Food Technology
- 112 points from at least 2 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD, one to be in a Science / Food Technology subject
- 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers with 2 x H2 grades, one to be in a Science / Food Technology related subject. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
- 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma within a relevant subject
- Or 'Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences'
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.