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University Centre Reaseheath

Foundation Degree Dairy Technology (Eden Programme)

Do you work for a dairy company or are you interested in joining the dairy industry? This course will equip you with the skills needed to grow and develop in your career.

The dairy industry in the UK is an exciting and 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 £6 billion and employs over 25,000 people.  

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Course Overview

The industry is changing and while 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. Our advanced industry standard equipment and research expertise means we are at the cutting edge with these latest developments.

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.

Course Features

  • Understand the principles of food and dairy safety
  • Undertake a dairy professional project
  • Working for a major food and dairy company such as Arla (UK), Muller (UK), Saputo, Dairy Partners, Wykes Farms, Glanbia, Longley Farm, Meadow Foods, Tetra Pak CPS, Alfa Laval , Endress + Hauser and Christeyns

Career Options

  • Process technician
  • Quality assurance technician  
  • Environmental health and safety coordinator
  • Technical support officer
  • Process shift lead
  • Compliance coordinator

Course Information

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.

  • one A level (science based) at grade C or above
  • an appropriate food related Level 3 Diploma
  • an appropriate science based Access to Higher Education Course Certificate of Achievement
  • NVQ Level 3 in an area of food production

OR

  • 5 years relevant dairy industry experience

 

  • all applicants should have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.

 

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.

  • 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
  • Innovation in the Dairy Industry
  • Principles of Continuous Improvement
  • Dairy Process Engineering
  • Butter and Milk Fat Technology
  • Cheese and Fermented Product Technology
  • Applied Continuous Improvement
  • 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

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: 41% of your time is spent in teaching and learning activity

Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 339 hours

Independent Study: 811 hours

Year 2: 32% of your time is spent in teaching and learning activity

Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 294 hours

Independent Study: 906 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:

Year 1

59% coursework

33% written exams

8% practical exams or presentations

Year 2

58% coursework

28% written exams

14% practical exams or presentations

 

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.

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

Students can expect to spend 8 weeks per year on campus.

Tuition Fees

As a student at UCR, you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.

All costs are met by the Dairy company sponsoring you. 

Apply directly through Reaseheath

Sponsored by dairy company

September 2023
September 2024

Full-time Distance Learning with 4 x 2 week practicals on UCR campus.

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.

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