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Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Manufacture

Food > Higher Level Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Manufacture (Foundation Degree/Level 5)

Course Duration

Part-time: 3 years (approx)

Course Location

Loughry Campus

Higher Level Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Manufacture (Foundation Degree/Level 5)

The Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) course is a work-based programme aimed at anyone who has completed A-Level or equivalent qualifications. Apprentices earn while learning to gain a Foundation Degree in Food and Drink Manufacture, validated by Ulster University. The programme aims to develop employees to have strong technical background to progress their employment with agri-food businesses.

Year 1:

  • Food science, quality and safety
  • Food microbiology
  • Food processing systems
  • Forecasting and planning

Year 2:

  • New product development
  • Food manufacture and packaging technology
  • Principles of financial management
  • Work-based learning 1

Year 3:

  • Lean manufacturing and business improvement
  • Managing people
  • Quality management and environmental standards
  • Work-based learning 2

All 12 modules completed during the Apprenticeship will be assessed using coursework based on the Apprentice’s workplace.

Apprentices will be required to attend the college on four occasions during the academic year: September, October, January and March.

Course Entry Requirements

Applicants must be about to take up or already be in paid employment in a food and drink manufacturing business in Northern Ireland.

Applicants must be working a minimum of 21 hours a week.

Applicants must have a minimum of two A-Levels or equivalent qualifications (which could include a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or Level 3 Apprenticeship) plus a minimum three GCSE or equivalent qualifications at Grade C or above including English Language, Mathematics and a science subject.

How to apply

If you are interested in enrolling on an Apprenticeship programme please speak to your agri-food employer. We welcome enquiries from companies based in Northern Ireland. Applications are made through the employer rather than on an individual basis.

Progression opportunities and career destinations

This programme may provide students with the opportunity to progress within their own organisation and to further their education through progression on to the Level 6 Higher Level Apprenticeship or an Honours Degree programme.

The course 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.

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Loughry Campus

Loughry Campus aims to develop learners’ skills and competitiveness through education, training, business and technology programmes to meet the needs of the food industry.

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Lewis Connelly

Lewis Connelly

"The thought of full-time university study didn't appeal to me, but I felt I still needed to gain a higher level qualification. When I joined Linden they talked about staff training and enrolled me on to the HLA with CAFRE. The Apprenticeship offers the best of both worlds - work and a higher level qualification."

Nicola Kerr

Key Contact

Nicola Kerr
Senior Lecturer (Food)



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