Coventry University - Food Safety, Inspection and Control BSc (Hons)

Coventry University

Food Safety, Inspection and Control BSc (Hons)

This course has been designed for people who have a passion for food safety, inspection, regulation and global food developments and want to make a difference to the quality of the food we eat.

Additional key points:

  • Ranked No.6 for Food Science in The Complete University Guide 2021
  • This course incorporates the academic content of the Higher Certificate of Food Control, the baseline qualification for food hygiene and standards, official controls and the inspection of food premises within the UK.
  • We use simulation to develop the skills you will need in industry, for example preparing and presenting a court prosecution case.
  • Our multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in food safety, inspection and analytical techniques.

Entry Requirements

A LevelBBC to include Biology or Chemistry or Food Technology. Excludes General Studies.
BTECDMM in the BTEC Level 3. Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Chemical Science related subjects.
IB Diploma30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level.
GCSE requirementMinimum 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 / A*-C including Mathematics, English Language and two Sciences.

IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

Career Prospects

This course is designed to meet the needs of the food industry and regulatory agencies by covering skills including how to assess food safety risks, advise on food hygiene and safety, inspect food and food premises, and understand and apply legislation relating to food.

We aim to share knowledge about how technologies will aid the food quality assurance process, and the problems of maintaining a sustainable global food chain. In addition, there will be opportunities for you to develop skills in problem solving, teamwork and effective communication that may be applicable to non-discipline specific graduate career routes.

The course includes the academic content for the CIEH accredited Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC). This must be supplemented with a Competency Development Portfolio (which may be completed during an appropriate placement year or after graduation) and professional discussion to meet the requirements of the CIEH.

Course Details

As we strive to meet increasing global demands, the safety and authenticity of the food we eat and the hygiene of food premises that manufacture, prepare and serve food is of paramount importance.

The Food Safety, Inspection and Control BSc (Hons) encompasses a variety of food issues with both a UK and international focus. Designed to meet the needs of the food industry and regulatory agencies, it covers skills including how to assess food safety risks, advise on food hygiene and safety, inspect food and food premises, and understand and apply legislation relating to food.

There is a big emphasis on practice during this degree and our teaching team aim to impart their own research and professional experience into their teaching, alongside organised visits from practitioners and professionals from industry and various regulatory authorities (subject to availability). There are opportunities within the course to undertake practical inspections of food and food premises and to prepare and present a court prosecution case, together with many more practically based teaching sessions.

Each module is supported by online material to help prepare you for your taught sessions and to assist with your personal study.

Where possible, coursework uses applied tasks that mimic the skills needed in jobs to help prepare you to be attractive to future employers, such as collection and interpretation of food safety policies and real-life inspection scenarios. The course also offers you the opportunity for numerous practical industry visits and fieldtrips e.g. visits to food manufacturers.

Year One

• Skills for Food and Nutrition Sciences 1
• Skills for Food and Nutrition Sciences 2
• Introduction to Public Health
• Introduction to Food Law and Policy
• Chemistry of Foods
• Physiology & Biochemistry for Nutrition
• Add+vantage

Year Two

• Contemporary Skills for Food and Nutrition Sciences
• Food Microbiology
• Methods in Food Production
• Food Inspection and Food Standards
• Food Law
• Hygiene Management Systems
• Add+vantage

Final Year

• Epidemiology and Food Borne Diseases
• Law Enforcement Case Studies
• Food Chain Security and Sustainability
• Food Control and Food Fraud
• Research Design for Food and Nutrition Sciences
• Independent Project in Food and Nutrition Sciences
• Add+vantage

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