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BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology with Placement Year

This is an industry-focused course with a valuable placement year* which will inspire your passion for food science and technology. If you want a career where you can make a difference and meet the demands of the food industry of the future, this is the course for you.

The challenges facing food production today have never been greater; food security, sustainability, nutrition, and food waste mean the industry requires confident, innovative thinkers, able to respond to the challenges of these global food security and sustainability issues.

*To be eligible for the placement year you must achieve at least 50% in your Level 5 modules.

UCR Food Science and Technology with placement year
UCR Food Science and Technology student in labs

Course Overview

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the food industry by studying core modules in food science, sustainability, research project design, new product development and much more. The course has been carefully designed with input from industry to ensure that you understand the science behind food production, while developing the practical skills required to address productivity, profitability and growth.

Food Science labs at UCR

Course Features

  • 4-year, full-time course with a one-year work placement
  • Access to the latest scientific equipment as part of the Institute of Food Science and Innovation (IoSFI), in partnership with the University of Chester
  • Modules on human nutrition, food processing and packaging and product manufacture
  • Learn in our £7.4 million Food Innovation Centre
  • Industry work placement
UCR Food Science and Technology undergraduates in labs

Career Options

  • Sustainability consultant
  • Policy adviser
  • Food technologist
  • Supply chain manager
  • Packaging developer
  • New product developer
  • Food innovation manager
  • Research and development
  • Technical management
  • New product development
  • Laboratory analysis and testing
  • Quality management
  • Education and research
  • Progression onto MSc or PhD study

Course Information

Find out more about the BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology with placement year, including entry requirements, modules, assessment methods and more using the drop down menu below. 

  • A minimum of 104 UCAS points from A & AS levels
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) – a minimum of grade DMM
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) a minimum grade D*D
  • T Level – a minimum grade of Pass (C and above)
  • Access to Higher Education – a minimum of 104 tariff points
  • Mature students (aged 21+) will be considered on an individual basis on their prior knowledge and experience. This may be assessed by interview, completion of coursework/essay or other methods. There may be a requirement for a formal qualification to be completed first e.g. Access to Higher Education course
  • Food Materials and Product Manufacture
  • Food Safety in Manufacturing
  • Food Science and Composition
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • Food Processing and Packaging
  • Food Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship

(Year 1)

  • Food Innovation and New Product Development
  • Applied Nutrition in the Food Industry
  • Research Methods
  • Sustainable Supply Chain and Environmental Awareness
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Food Analysis and Texture

(Year 2)

  • UCR Placement Year
  • Dissertation
  • Resource Management for the Food Industry
  • Data Analysis for the Food Industry
  • Current Issues in Food Technology*
  • Food Biochemistry*
  • Food Process Operations*
  • Food Quality and Integrity*


*optional modules – choose two

Overall workload

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:       360 hours 

Independent Study:                                    840 hours 

Year 2:  

22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:       252 hours 

Placement:                                                    100 hours 

Independent Study:                                     848 hours 

Year 3: 

15% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:         174 hours 

Independent Study:                                       1026 hours 

Class sizes average between 10 – 60 for modules exclusively delivered on the programme. For those modules offered across several programmes, class size could be as high as 80 individual learners. 

Assessments are designed to encourage competences, skills and knowledge valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework, and time constrained online assessments.

Coursework may take many forms including essays, reports, laboratory reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, dissertations, seminar discussions, critical reviews and portfolios of evidence.

In the new product development module, you will demonstrate your ability to design and produce products. These assessments are designed to ensure you are building the skills and professionalism required for a successful career in the sector.

The placement will be a minimum of 9 months and will be credit bearing with a portfolio assessment and professional discussion required to evidence your achievement.

Students will be able to access course timetables for the academic year in September.

Timetables are subject to change, but most students can expect to spend four days per week on campus in their first year, three days in their second year and two days in their final year.

Tuition fee for Placement Year is £1,850 (all other years charged at £9,250).

Equipment will cost £15 for a lab coat – prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.

Apply directly through UCAS


A minimum of 104 UCAS points

September 2025

Full-time: 4 years

Useful Information

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University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit our additional financial support page.

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All UCR 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 (providing you have applied before the UCAS equal considerations deadline. For full details on our halls of residence visit our accommodation page.

We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support. These include our Student Services Team, Inclusive Learning Team, Library and Learning Resources Team and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You can find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath on our support page.

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