Many employment opportunities exist within the field of food science and nutrition and this course, along with relevant qualifications in biology, chemistry, sociology or maths, would support applications to Food Science, Nutrition and Public Health degree courses. An understanding of food science and nutrition is also relevant to many other professions, industries and job roles. Care providers, nutritionists in hospitals and other institutions, sports coaches, fitness and wellbeing instructors, and teachers all could benefit from studying this course. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that support healthy eating initiatives. However, if you simply want to develop your own capability to understand food preparation, nutrition and health, then this Level 3 Diploma is also for you.
Why Food Science and Nutrition?
This course offers exciting and interesting practical food experiences, using contexts and case studies from local food business and is assessed unit by unit. This course will therefore allow you to demonstrate to universities and future employers that you can work independently and creatively alongside food professionals, research and present ideas and information, solve problems, and take responsibility for your learning.
There is a genuine shortage of well-trained food professionals and universities are fighting to attract the best students to their courses at the moment.
This Level 3 Diploma is studied alongside A Levels and other Level 3 qualifications, attracting UCAS points equivalent to an A level.
Any special requirements?
The most important requirement is that students must have a genuine interest and enthusiasm for practical food work and be interested in studying the links between food and health.
There are no formal additional entry requirements but having studied GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, Biology, Science, Physical Education or Level 2 Food and Catering courses would be an advantage.
What will I study and how will it be assessed?
WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (QAN 601/4552/3)
All students will study the Level 3 Certificate in Food Science and Nutrition in year 1 as a standalone qualification and can then choose to go onto study two further units for the full Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition in year 2. It is assessed through a combination of a written exam, an external assignment set and marked by the exam board and two centre marked assignments.
Level 3 Certificate in Food Science and Nutrition (Year One)
Unit 1 - Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups
Ongoing practical skill building producing foods to meet the needs of individuals
Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition (Year Two)
Unit 2 - Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat
Practical sessions and theoretical knowledge of the science of food safety and hygiene essential to anyone working with food or the care of others
Unit 3 or 4 - Experimenting to Solve Food Production or Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition
If you would like further information about this subject please contact the Course Leader of Food Science and Technology, Mrs C O'Reilly at: