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    BSc (Hons) Food Industry Technical Professional

    Key information

    Year of entry


    4 years

    Start date

    September 2023


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

    The course

    The Food Industry is one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of industry. Every day, producers, food manufacturers and retailers make and sell millions of innovative food products, such as drinks, cakes, biscuits, ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook food, sandwiches, wraps, fresh fruit and salads to consumers in the UK and around the world. Technical Professionals are passionate about their industry and ensure all products are safe to eat, of consistent appearance, taste, and texture and take great pride in their work.

    There are a wide variety of Technical Professional roles: Assistant Food Technical Manager, Quality Manager, Shift Quality Manager, Hygiene Manager, Product Innovation and Development Technologist. They ensure the safety and quality of food products; this includes improving existing products and launching new products; working with operational teams to develop good practices and procedures; and developing good relationships with internal and external customers. They may be employed by a grower, a food manufacturer, or by a retailer.

    Technical professionals utilise their knowledge to ensure the smooth transition of food and drink products from farm to fork. They ensure that technical and quality standards are achieved whilst maximising profitability to meet customer requirements. They have a set of skills, knowledge and behaviours providing the opportunity for an exciting and rewarding career in the food industry.

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

    This apprenticeship follows the Food Industry Technical Professional standard.

    Entry requirements

    The entry requirement for the degree apprenticeship will typically be a minimum of three A levels at Grade C or higher, including a Science or Food Technology, or the equivalent (in UCAS points) or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a related discipline. Current employees who already have experience in the industry, and would like to become an apprentice, can discuss enrolment with our team of specialists. Apprentices must have the right to work in England.

    Apprentices without GCSE English and Maths (A*-C or 9 - 4) or equivalent will need to achieve this level prior to enrolment. This can be funded separately and taken at a local college or provider.

    What will I study?


    For course related enquiries please contact:

    Apprenticeships Team
    Telephone: +44 (0)1952 815 054

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    In the UK for graduate employment
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