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BEng (Hons)

Food and Drink Advanced Engineer

Year of entry


5 years (part-time)

Start date

September 2020


Harper Adams University campus (block release) and work based modules

The course

The course will equip graduates with the knowledge and applied understanding of food engineering, as well as the practical skills, needed to develop successful careers within the food industry.

Food and Drink Advanced Engineers will have roles across food and drink organisations, from infrastructure, asset care, production management and process development and work closely with a range of other engineers, functions and managers in their own company and interact with external equipment and ingredient providers. They contribute to business strategy and performance as leaders of teams. Food and Drink Advanced Engineers require core knowledge, skills and behaviours and specialist knowledge and skills for mechanical, automation or production engineering.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will achieve a BEng(Hons) Food Engineering degree. Following the successful completion of an integrated End Point Assesment, Work-Based Project and Technical Interview you be deemed to have met the Degree Apprenticeship standard.

This apprenticeship follows the Food and Drink Advanced Engineer standard.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for the degree apprenticeship will typically be a minimum of three A levels at Grade B or higher, their equivalent or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a related discipline. Current employees who already have experience in the industry, who would like to become an apprentice, can discuss enrolment with our team of specialists. Start dates are usually in September. Those apprentices without GCSE English and Maths (A*-C or 9 - 4) will need to achieve this level prior to enrolling on their degree course. This can be funded separately.


Accredited by: Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)

This course is accredited by the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE), and MEng graduates are eligible for initial registration for Chartered Engineering status. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) describes an Incorporated Engineer as an applications-based engineer who works with the technology that is available, while a Chartered Engineer specialises in analysis, creating the technology of tomorrow.


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