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Food Science and Culinary Innovation BSc (Hons) / FdSc

University College Birmingham
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Birmingham
English
September 2021
Virtual open day
10/2/2021
Virtual open day
11/27/2021

Program description

Food Science and Culinary Innovation BSc (Hons) / FdSc

Passionate about food? Curious about how it’s produced from farm to fork, or intrigued by the science behind the dishes that delight our palates? Our Food Science and Culinary Innovation degree will give you the up-to-date knowledge and practical skills to embark upon a career in a fast-paced and constantly changing industry.

Our course has been developed against the key skills competencies outlined by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (accreditation subject to approval) and reflects the evolving needs of the sector. It will enable you to explore a broad range of subjects from product development, food quality and safety to sustainability and food science, along with the psychology behind consumer choice and sensory analysis. Whether you are looking to diversify your chef skills or enhance your employability, this degree will open the doors to endless job opportunities in the wider food industry.

As part of our course, you will put your skills into practice in our purpose-built Food Science and Innovation Suite, while you’ll also have the chance to take a paid 48-week placement in the industry. Throughout your studies, you will be taught by our team of experts from across culinary arts, food science, retail and psychology, working on industry-led live projects and assignments.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements for BA/BSc programmes

International entry requirements

Entry requirements for undergraduate degree courses offered by University College Birmingham are detailed for individual countries on the University website.

English language requirement for international applicants

To apply for any undergraduate degree, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

In addition to IELTS, for international applicants, University College Birmingham accepts a number of country-specific English language qualifications as evidence of English language ability. These are shown under the ‘Country Specific Information’ tab of the University website.

We also offer UCB English Proficiency Test that is complimentary to all our conditional offer holders. You will need to achieve an overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component.

Applying with a UCAS tariff-based qualification

For BA/BSc offers, a student must achieve a minimum of 96-104 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with the exception of:

  • Nursing (Adult) BSc (Hons), Primary Education Studies BA (Hons) and Finance and Accounting BSc (Hons) - students must achieve a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
  • Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) – students must achieve a minimum of 128 UCAS Tariff points

Applying with a work-based background

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 current line manager supporting your entry to higher education.

Applying with a non-UCAS tariff-based qualification

University College Birmingham also accepts a variety of Level 3 qualifications that may not currently be included on the UCAS Tariff.

These can include a wide range of vocational Level 3 and International qualifications.

Entry requirements for FdA/FdSc programmes (Not available for international applicants)

Applying with a UCAS tariff-based qualification

For foundation degree offers, students must achieve a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A-level or equivalent.

Please note, some courses have additional specific entry requirements, for example, Professional Cookery, Specialist Hair and Media Make-up and Aesthetic Practitioner. Please refer to the relevant course page on the University website.

These minimum academic entry requirements are only a guide and each application is treated on an individual basis.

Applying with a work-based background

For foundation degree offers, we also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to the University. 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 current line manager supporting your entry to higher education.

Applying with a non-UCAS tariff-based qualification

University College Birmingham also accepts a variety of Level 3 qualifications that may not currently be included on the UCAS Tariff.
These can include a wide range of vocational Level 3 and International qualifications.

How to apply?

UCB direct applications

UCB Direct allows prospective students who are only interested in studying at University College Birmingham to apply direct (free of charge) without having to complete lengthy and sometimes complex application forms.

UCAS applications

UK applicants wishing to apply for more than one course must apply through the UCAS website.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Food Chemistry
  • Culinary Skills with Food Science
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Psychology of Consumer Behaviour and Innovation
  • Farm to Fork

Year 2

  • Composition and Functionality of Food Ingredients
  • Food Product Design Development
  • Sensory Science and Data Handling
  • Food Enterprise Innovation
  • Consumer Attitudes and Food Choice
  • Food Media and Digital Communications

Years 3/4

  • Food Technology
  • Packaging, Design and Functionality
  • Food Supply and Sustainability
  • Food Quality Management

Plus one option from:

  • Research Project
  • Enterprise and Innovation Showcase

Tuition fees

UK/EU students

  • Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc (2020/2021) program fee - £9,250 (per year)
  • Half-year program fee - £4,625

International students

  • Cost Sept 21 / Jan 22 - £11,500(per year)

Qualification

Students on the FdSc have the option of progressing onto the final year upon completion of the foundation degree.

Continuing studies

You will have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications during your degree course, including (subject to approval):

  • Level 3 Food Safety
  • IFST Sensory Evaluation (Foundation)

Career opportunities

Graduates can work in the following roles:

  • Product development technologist
  • Product development chef
  • Quality assurance technician
  • Buyer (food)
  • Food technologist
  • Specifications technologist

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham,...


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B3 1JB Birmingham
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