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Food Science

Course Code: FDFS

Level: 3
Subject area: Science
Awarding body: BTEC
Qualification: BTEC
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years
When you'll study: Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm (16 hours per week)

About the course

Do you ever look at the label on food packaging and notice information about energy, sugar and fat content? Are you interested in our relationship with food? Human health and nutrition are intrinsically linked and play a vital role in healthcare, sport, hospitality and retail. Food science plays a vital role in understanding the content and effect of food on the human body. 

City College Plymouth is extremely proud to offer this high quality, advanced level BTEC Diploma in Food Science, which is equivalent to three A Levels. 

You will learn from experts in our specialist, well-resourced facilities, and benefit from the College’s close links with industry. 

This course has a varied learning programme which can enable you to progress into the food science industry or on to a wide range of universities studying subjects ranging from nutrition, microbiology, food technology and product design and testing. 

You will get hands on in lab settings whilst looking into more specialist units that explore and assess the human relationship with food.

What you'll learn

You will study fundamental concepts in science, as well as key lab techniques providing you with a solid foundation to develop industry. Further to this, you will get hands-on with units in human nutrition, testing consumer products and food technology. 

The second year will add further scientific concepts such as cell biology and genetics whilst providing additional units in aspects related to food production.

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (C or above), including maths, English language and at least one science.


There is a mix of exams and coursework on this programme.

What's next?

You could progress onto our HNC in Applied Science (various pathways) or go onto study a degree at university.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: FDFS

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.