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Writtle University College

Sustainable Food Production (Fresh Produce)

UCAS Code: DN64

Certificate of Higher Education - CertHE

Entry requirements


45 credits at level 3 with a mix of Distinction and Merit in relevant science-based subject to meet the overall UCAS entry tariff.

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher

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

PPP

To include 4 GCSEs to include English, Maths and Science grade C/4

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C

UCAS Tariff

48

48 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above To include 4 GCSEs to include English, Maths and Science grade C/4

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2019

Other options

2.0 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Food and beverage production

Are you concerned about the environment, food security and sustainable development? Do you want to be part of the solution for businesses operating in an increasingly uncertain world?

In any trip to the supermarket you will see an exciting array of fruit and vegetables that are able to arrive in our homes through a deeply interconnected global world. This relies on production techniques and global supply chains impacted by economic and environmental factors. Every purchase decision we make has consequences for businesses, our own well-being, societies and the global environment.

World population is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050 accompanied by an accelerated increase in those living in urban areas to 70%. This presents many challenges to production systems, food quality but also to reduction of food waste both locally and internationally. An understanding of the factors that will contribute to meeting this demand for food, the nutritional benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as the ethical and business environment in which fresh produce operates are key to finding sustainable solutions.

The food and beverages is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK and relies not only on successful production systems but also on imports. The graduate job opportunities within this sector are immense and recruiters constantly seek talented graduates who understand the business of production, the much needed resilience of global food systems and consumer trends. Besides the supply of safe, affordable and nutritious fresh products, we all want to have traceable foods that adhere to strict environmental and ethical standards.

This new course, draws on Writtle University College’s long history of production know how to produce business-focussed graduates able to think across discipline boundaries – skills valued by graduate employers. The course seeks to prepare students for this essential but ever changing sector. Knowledge of how consumer–led demands and buying habits are influencing the sale of produce in the UK and Europe, the importance of food security, provenance and ethical trade worldwide are all important to understanding future pressures.

Whether you wish to use your skills in UK based commercial enterprises, larger business industries or those that operate on an international scale, knowledge of this important and growing fresh produce sector provides a stepping stone to many varied graduate opportunities that exist in the UK and abroad.

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
£11,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Writtle University College

Department:

Agriculture

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Agriculture, food and related studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
56%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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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.

£16,380
low
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Animal care and control services
7%
Agricultural and related trades
6%
Natural and social science professionals
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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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