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Do you work for a dairy company or are you interested in joining the dairy industry?
The dairy industry in the UK is an exciting, vibrant place to work supplying world class dairy products to virtually every single household in the UK – from the milk on your cereal to the cheese on your toast, the industry is worth over £6bn and employs over 25,000 people.
The industry is changing and whilst traditional skills are still highly valued the introduction of new technology, new processes and increased automation means that a wide range of skills are needed within dairy companies.
Sponsored by dairy company
Part-time: 3 years block release
The programme covers all aspects of dairy technology including practical hands-on craft skills, key science principles associated with dairy and the process improvement techniques required to run an efficient modern dairy operation.
The involvement of the top dairy companies in developing this course means you will be learning what is required right across the industry – irrespective of the specific company you work for. Reaseheath works with a number of major food and dairy companies including Robert Wiseman, Arla (UK), Dairy Crest, Muller (UK), First Milk, Milk Link and equipment suppliers such as Tetrapak CPS, APV, Alfa Laval, Wonderware, Siemens and Scanima. This keeps us on pole position with research and development projects, so we are constantly at the cutting edge!
What will I study?
Run in conjunction with Project Eden this course ensures the UK dairy industry has the very best dairy technology training in Europe, and is designed to develop well-rounded Dairy Technologists with a passion for the dairy industry.
- Clean-in-Place and Chemical Technology
- Principles of Dairy Chemistry
- Principles of Dairy Microbiology
- Dairy Workplace Practices
- Principles of Food and Dairy Safety
- Milk and Dairy Derivatives as Raw Materials
- Quality Assurance in the Food Industry
- Butter and Milk Fat Technology
- Cheese and Fermented Product Technology
- Continuous Improvement 1 and 2
- Dairy Process Engineering
- Milk Processing
- Project Management
- Dairy Automation and Process Control
- Dairy Supply Chain
- Sustainability and Environmental Awareness
- Whey Protein Processing
- Applied Continuous Improvement Techniques
- Dairy Professional Project
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your actual contact hours may depend on which optional modules you select, but the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course:
Year 1: 30% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 258 hours
Independent Study: 595 hours
Year 2: 26% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 237 hours
Independent Study: 663 hours
Year 3: 25% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 162 hours
Independent Study: 488 hours
Percentage of course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
21% written exams
30% written exams
34% written exams
Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided four working weeks after the submission date. If for unforeseen reasons this is not possible, the reasons will be communicated to the students within 2 weeks and the feedback prioritised within the department.
Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports.
- The course caters for a range of qualifications and applicants will be considered on an individual basis.
- Applicants will need to be sponsored by a dairy company.
- Top-up route to BSc (Hons) Food Manufacturing with Operations Management or related subject.
As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit the additional financial support pages on our website.
All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before 31st July of the year they intend to start their course. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.
Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our HE Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.
Applications for part-time courses should be made directly to University Centre Reaseheath. When you have chosen your course, complete our online Part-Time Application Form.
For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our Higher Education Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.
A Quality Support Manager with Muller in Bridgwater, Somerset, Melanie was awarded the ‘best student’ accolade from National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.