National Diploma in Food Technology

This course prepares students for employment or progression onto higher-level courses. On completion of the course students receive a BTEC National Diploma in Food Science and Manufacturing Technology.

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Course content

Six core units and a further twelve additional units must be completed.

Core units:

  • Food and raw materials
  • Food safety
  • Food technology calculations
  • Food workplace practices
  • Introduction to food manufacture
  • Introductory science for food technicians

Additional units:

  • Cereal technology
  • Dairy technology – liquid milk processing
  • Dairy technology – product manufacture
  • Food chemistry
  • Food microbiology
  • Food process control
  • Food product development
  • Food science for the technician
  • ICT and food management information systems
  • Meat technology
  • Operational management
  • Quality assurance

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This course provides students with the opportunity to progress onto appropriate Foundation or Honours Degree programmes. It has been designed to meet the growing need of the food industry for qualified people to fill key supervisory roles including production management, quality assurance and product development.

Work placement

Students will complete a twelve week work placement in a food business between year one and year two of the course.

Important information for new students

Alongside A levels, BTEC Nationals are the most widely-recognised qualification for admission to Higher Education. The National Diplomas at Loughry are BTEC Level 3, 120 credits qualifications approved by Pearson. Our qualifications are customised and are not on a recognised national qualification framework. These programmes are however accredited by the Pearson Self-Regulatory Framework enabling learners to progress to Higher Education programmes at CAFRE, Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast and further afield. It is recognised and valued by the Agri-food industry in Northern Ireland.

Entry Requirements

Normally four GCSE Grade Cs or above including English, Mathematics and Science.

Key staff

Nicola McClean

Nicola McClean

Senior Lecturer (Food) Food,
Loughry Campus

nicola.mcclean@daera-ni.gov.uk