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University College Birmingham

Food Development and Innovation

UCAS Code: DN45

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

96

Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk.

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Food and beverage production

**Course snapshot**

Innovation and creativity in food development is crucial if the industry is to meet contemporary challenges and our course, accredited by University of Birmingham, will give you the skills and confidence to progress in this fast-moving industry.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a 12-month work placement to strengthen your practical knowledge.

**Who’s the course for?**

You will be fascinated by the innovative ways industry can meet the demands of a nutritious, safe and sustainable food supply. You will be adaptable, creative, knowledgeable – and have a passion for food. The course is designed for individuals seeking a management career in the food, beverage and retail industries, ranging from small, niche businesses to large blue chip manufacturers and major retailers. Module options also allow for specialisation in areas such as food product and process development, public relations and marketing. Additionally, this degree is designed for those interested in food media and food technology education.

**Why should I study the course?**

- You will have the opportunity to go on a 12-month work placement in order to develop your skills and enhance employability. You will not incur tuition fees during the 12-month placement.

- You will get the chance to work in our Food Science and Innovation Suite, which features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology alongside state-of-the-art development kitchen facilities.

- Well-developed links with industry are reflected in the design and delivery of this course. Industry-led projects and assignments have a strong industrial focus ensuring students experience real live projects.

- You will need to buy a uniform and specialist equipment for this course - UCB can help cover the costs for this through our Kick Start scheme.

**Great. Tell me some more**

You will assess new food ingredients, identify appropriate market applications and learn how to enhance the sensory attributes of products and recipes, ensuring food delivers the consistent quality expected from manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

Your employability will be enhanced by the opportunity to work for a year in industry and additional work placement options.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will learn about food commodities, nutrition and food safety through practical application and development work. You will examine trends within the industry such as health, food availability, food security and the rise in food costs.

You will get the chance to work in our flagship Food Science and Innovation Suite. Well-developed links with industry are reflected in the design and delivery of this course. Industry-led projects and assignments have a strong work focus ensuring students experience real-life projects.

**What about the future?**

The course will give you the confidence and know-how to move into a wide range of areas in the food industry including developing new products, reformulating existing products, marketing, education and the media. Career paths include:

- Quality assurance

- Food selection and buying

- Health promotion

- Research and development

- Food journalism

- Food consultancy

Graduates have also chosen to undertake postgraduate studies in subjects including education, environmental health, food sustainability and business.

Modules

Year 1: Culinary Skills for Innovation, Diet and Nutrition, Food Industry Insights, Food Science for Product Development, Managing for Profit, Sensory Evaluation of Food.

Year 2: Commercialisation and Supply Chain, Consumer Behaviour for Food, Contemporary Food Communication, New Food Product Development, Research for Food.

One option from: Food Production Management, Creative Food for the Media, Food Product Reformulation, Enterprise Start-up Studies.

One optional work placement.

Year 3: Food Quality Management, Food Retail Innovation, Strategies for Food Production and Food Retail Industries, Research Project OR Practical Project.

One option from: Brand Management, International Marketing, Principles for Teaching and Learning with Food.

Assessment methods

- **Teaching**
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 17 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

- Large group lectures: 5 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching: 2 hours of seminars in small groups discussing the topics presented in lectures
- Practical sessions - 6 hours of teaching in practical environments for skills development, sensory and food analytical activities and microbiology
- Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials, being a mixture of personal, group and academic success tutorials per week
- Subject advice sessions - 2 hours per week across a range of topics

- **Individual study**
In addition, you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

- **Assessment**
Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

- Coursework - 53%
- Practical assessment - 32%
- Written examinations - 15%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

College of Food - BA/BSc

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

65%
high
Food and beverage production

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Food and beverage studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Agriculture, food and related studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Food preparation and hospitality trades
12%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Food and beverage production

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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