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University of Reading

Food Science with Business

UCAS Code: D691
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

128-136

% applicants receiving offers

80%

Subjects
  • Food & beverage studies
Student score
83% MED
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£22k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAB

One core science subject at grade B.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
34

32-34 points overall, including 5 in one core science subject

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

80%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The University of Reading is a world authority on human nutrition, food chemistry, chemical engineering, microbiology and food law. Our staff are actively engaged in world-class research and will tailor their teaching to reflect changing trends and emerging technologies within the sector. During your final year you will carry out an original project as part of one of our existing research groups, enabling you to work alongside world authorities in areas such as food and human health and put your skills into practice. You will also gain experience of using key technical skills through sensory evaluation and laboratory-based practicals, and work in our pilot-scale food processing plant. Graduates of this course are recognised as professional food scientists by the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Modules

Year 1: topics in food and biotechnology; essential mathematics for food biosciences or foundation chemistry; introduction to food microbiology; physical aspects of biological systems; economics 1; introduction to marketing; introduction to management. Year 2: fundamentals of food chemistry; fundamentals of human nutrition; food processing (theory and practice); economics 2; marketing 2; business management; optional modules: languages; consumer behaviour; policy analysis; research methods and data analysis. Year 3: professional experience in industry. Final year: food product development; food quality assurance; sensory evaluation; management of microbial food quality; consumer behaviour; food supply chain; research project; optional modules: languages; food and agricultural markets; marketing research methods; regulation of the food industry.

University of Reading

Wantage Hall

The University of Reading is based on the beautiful Whiteknights campus and is perfectly situated with excellent links around the country. Firm choice applicants are guaranteed a place in halls, all with individual character. The Students' Union has a good working relationship with the University and hosts the largest entertainment venue in the area plus the UK's largest SU shop.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
30%
70%

Year 1

27%
73%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

18%
82%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
43%
48%
9%

Year 1

36%
55%
9%

Year 2

60%
40%

Year 3

25%
65%
10%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 90%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

70%

Feedback on work has been prompt

60%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

76%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
42% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
75% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
14% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
389 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
81% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% MED
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals

35%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

4%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

25%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Unemployment rates for these disciplines were well below the average in 2012, and the most common jobs for first degree graduates were roles as food scientists or in quality assurance – with jobs in all parts of the food and drink industries, as well as in hospitality and retail. There are jobs for graduates from this discipline all around the country and London only took a relatively small share in 2012.
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