Food Science & Technology - BSc (Hons)

Course Content

Foundation Year (Year 0):​

This programme can incorporate a foundation year (year 0), for those students who aspire to enrol onto the first year of a science based honours degree programme within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, who have not achieved the standard entry requirements, or who have not studied subjects that provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required to enter the first year of the chosen honours degree programme.

Students wishing to undertake the foundation year will apply for the degree programme they intend to progress to, using the relevant UCAS code listed on this course page and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website. As such, students following the foundation route will take an extra year to complete their honours degree.
Further information about the foundation year can be found by clicking here.


Food technology is the application of food science to the processing of food materials into safe, wholesome, nutritious, tasty and attractive food products. Food technology draws upon and integrates the application of other technologies to food, such as packaging, materials science, engineering, instrumentation, electronics, agriculture and biotechnology.

All this activity is supported by food science, which covers the scientific understanding of the composition of food under various conditions. This involves the understanding of many disciplines including nutrition, enzymology, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology and effects of manufacturing, processing and storage.

The university is home to the Food Research and Consultancy Unit (FRCU), a leading centre of excellence for Food Science. The FRCU has an international reputation for food safety research and provides expertise, training and advice to the food industry through the work of the Food Industry Centre. Testament to the work carried out by the FRCU is the state of the art £4.9 million Food Industry Centre which opened in the Spring of 2009, providing unrivalled facilities in this area. Therefore, students undertaking this degree will benefit from the close association and expertise from the Centre and staff.

Year One/Level 4:

You are introduced to the underpinning skills and knowledge required to progress into the food industry. You will be taught the general principles of law, technology and science that will provide the framework in which food scientists and technologists work.  In addition you will undertake modules that will develop your communication and analytical skills.

The modules you will study are:

  • Foundation Law
  • Food Preservation & Sensory Analysis
  • Food Safety Management
  • Nutrition
  • Food Raw Materials
  • Professional Skills
  • Introductory Biochemistry

Year Two/Level 5:

You will apply your knowledge of food science and technology directly to food manufacture and further develop your problem-solving skills through applied modules.

Compulsory modules that you will study are:

  • Analysis & Examination of Food
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Food Law
  • Food Labelling and Composition
  • Processing Technology
  • Research Methods

You will also have a choice of optional modules:

  • Baking Technology
  • Confectionery Technology
  • Dairy Technology
  • Environmental Management
  • Meat Technology
  • New Product Development
  • Public Health Nutrition A

Placement Year:

For those undertaking the ‘Sandwich’ pathway an industrial work experience module is available and you are advised to gain first hand experience of the industry.

You are actively encouraged to consider work placement during your course of study as undertaking this can contribute towards your credit accumulation. A twelve week placement during the summer break between years two and three will accumulate 10 credit points and a twelve month placement between years two and three will accumulate 20 credit points. Help with placements and advice in gaining the best out of the placement is given by a designated IWE (Industrial Work Experience) tutor.

Year Three/Level 6: 

You will develop high level skills to critically evaluate strategies in the key areas of food science and technology, which culminates in a research project. This utilises original thought to demonstrate problem-solving skills in an area that requires investigation.

Compulsory modules that you will study are:

  • Applied Food Safety
  • Applied Quality Management
  • Dissertation

You will also have a choice of optional modules, some of which require you to have taken pre-requisite optional modules at Level 5:

  • Advanced Baking Technology
  • Applied Food Biochemistry
  • Applied Processing Technology
  • Contemporary Nutrition
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Global Nutrition
  • Independent Study
  • Industrial Work Experience (12 weeks or 12 months)
  • New Product Development 2
  • Nutrition and the Consumer 

Learning & Teaching

Food Science & Technology is taught by a combination of lectures, practical classes, tutorials and seminars.  All modules are supported by the use of the Moodle virtual learning environment.

The structured application of various teaching methods throughout the programme is intended to provide learning environments which are the most effective for the achievement of the course aims and objectives. Initially the emphasis will be placed upon the use of lectures coupled with seminars which will include group discussion and workshops. These methods will be supported by guided individual study and field visits.

As you progress through your degree a variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed, and a greater degree of practical work in laboratories and the in-house food processing pilot plant is introduced.

Personal tutors are nominated at the start of the programme and are maintained throughout the course of study.  The academic team has a wealth of experience and many are experts in their fields with research and consultancy backgrounds.


Assessment consists of a variety of forms including, written examinations, coursework and practical assessments. In order to proceed to subsequent years of the course students must satisfactorily complete all modules.

Assessments have been written to closely resemble many day to day workplace situations. This provides students with hands on experience of what they will encounter before going into industry.

Employability & Careers

A career in the food industry will put you in the middle of the largest and most important economic activity in the world.

The health and welfare of people everywhere depends on good agricultural yields and on the reliable storage, successful processing and safe handling of all types of food. All these activities and many others create a demand for well-qualified and experienced specialists who can play their part in the complex and increasingly sophisticated food supply system. 

The food and drink manufacturing industry is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK. It employs some 470,000 people, representing 13% of the manufacturing workforce in the UK and has a turnover of £75bn accounting for 15% of the total manufacturing sector. Ours is the fourth largest food and drink manufacturing industry in the world. In addition, an estimated 1.2 million workers in ancillary activities depend on a successful food and drink industry for their jobs.

Independent food experts have stated that the long-term prosperity of our food industry depends upon a continuing supply of trained food scientists and technologists. The food industry today is in desperate need of these technically trained staff and this course is providing graduates to fill that gap. With an almost one hundred per cent employment rate, graduates can gain employment within many areas, including research and development, quality control, hygiene, packaging, food microbiology and food analysis​.

For further in depth information about specific jobs available in the industry please visit

Entry Requirements

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff.  Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Foundation route:

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Mathematics and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus one of the following​:

  • 56 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Year 1, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
  • 56 points from at least 2 A level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Year 1.
  • Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria may be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.

For specific information on entry requirements or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.


Applicants who wish to undertake this course without the foundation should have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Mathematics and Science at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus one of the following​:

  • 112 points from at least 2 A levels to include grades CC, one to be in a Science / Food Technology subject

  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit within Science / Food Technology

  • 112 points from at least 2 Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD, one to be in a Science / Food Technology subject

  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers with 3 x B1 grades, one to be in a Science / Food Technology related subject.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade C2

  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma within a relevant subject​

  • Or 'Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences'​

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, the ‘Foundation leading to BSc Health Sciences’ is available one year full-time and will provide you with a relevant qualification that will allow you to progress to this degree upon successful completion.  For further information about the Foundation course, please click here.​

How to apply

If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements.

Selection Procedure:

Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

International Applicants:

Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

How to Apply:

Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Food Science & Technology - BSc (Hons)

Duration: 3-4 years

Study options: Delivery at Provider Premises, Full Time

BSc (Hons)

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