HNC Food Science and Technology

Course Content

The HNC in Food Science and Technology is designed to prepare candidates for employment in a scientific or technical capacity in the food and drink industry. It will provide candidates with the technical and scientific skills required by the food and drink industry and give them relevant background knowledge and understanding to help them make the best use of these skills in a commercial environment.

The award would also be suitable for mature candidates wishing to return to further education. It is expected that candidates will have an interest in working in a scientific/technical capacity and will probably have studied science or related subjects at school or elsewhere prior to beginning this award.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have one pass at the appropriate Higher Grade preferably Chemistry, Biology plus passes in three NQ Course Units in relevant subjects at SCQF level 5 or above. An appropriate group of National Certificate Units at SCQF Level 5/6 such as the NQ Food Science and Technology. Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Method of Assessment

Learners will be assessed on an ongoing basis, using open and closed-book assessments.

Future Prospects

Successful completion of this course will enable learners to progress to courses at SCQF level 8 such as HND in Food Science and Technology and to professional qualifications relevant to the industry. However, one of the key specific aims of the award is to prepare candidates for employment in a technical or scientific capacity in the industry.

It also allows progression on to university to complete a degree in Food and Consumer Science, Food Nutrition and Health, Food Science and Management. Local articulation arrangement is in place with the University of Abertay.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Full Time

  • Campus

    Kingsway Campus

  • Start Date

    28 Aug 2023

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    32 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Hospitality & Professional Cookery

  • Tuition fees may be paid for full-time students in Scotland subject to meeting residency requirements, applications should be made to the appropriate funding body
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