Why choose Food Science and Nutrition?
Food Science and Nutrition is an exciting subject that is suitable for any student who is interested in developing their knowledge in:
- The Science of Food and Food Safety
- Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups
- Food Preparation, Cooking and Presentation
- Current Food Initiatives and Healthy Eating Guidelines
An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles such as manufacturing, product design, food stylist, food journalism, health promotion, dietician/nutritionist, sports coaching, etc. There will be a large amount of practical work so this should be an area that you particularly enjoy.
Resources and Facilities
Food Science and Nutrition is taught in the department of Sport and Health. The department consists of 12 teaching rooms and a well-equipped practical food room. There are a wide range of relevant books and periodicals within the department and students have access to computers in class every week.
Students have the opportunity to visit food businesses and exhibitions, such as the Good Food Show at the NEC
Teaching and Learning Styles
A variety of teaching and learning styles are used including question and answer sessions, discussions, researching and note taking. Students will be able to develop skills in investigation and experimental work, taste testing and practical techniques.
Putting theory into practice is an important part of the course. Recent visits to local businesses are Cadbury World, Westons Cider, Worcester Bosch, Aztec Waterpark and Silverstone Race Circuit. The College has close links with the major employers in the area and students will spend time on company premises meeting managers to find out how the business works.
This Level 3 Diploma is assessed through a combination of a written exam, centre marked assignments and an assignment set and marked by the exam board.
Together with other Level 3 courses such as A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Sociology, Business, etc. this course gives you the opportunity to progress onto degree courses such as: Food and Nutrition, Human Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Product Development, Food Marketing, etc. The food business is one of the most successful industries in the UK. Demand is approximately four times higher than the number of graduates leaving university, therefore, career prospects are excellent.
|Essential Qualifications||Other Desirable Qualifications / Combinations||Skills & Attributes Required for Success||Guidance on Costs or Commitments|
|Please see ‘General Course Entry Requirements’||GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above, otherwise will be added to your programme of study. GSCE in any food course is desirable but not essential.||It is essential to have a real interest in practical food work. Students should be able to work independently, meet deadlines and be happy to share views/ opinions.||Cost of ingredients for regular practical work.|
Qualifications and Enrollment Options
|Qualification Name||A Level Equivalence||Duration||Awarding Body|
|Certificate||½ A Level (1 Block)||1 year||WJEC|
|Diploma||1 A Level (1 Block)||1 year (to be studied after successful completion of Certificate)||WJEC|