Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Food and Consumer Science

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Course summary

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If food is your passion this is the programme for you. You will explore the relationships between food and the consumer and socioeconomic, legal, technical, ethical and environmental factors that shape food supply and food choice. Both the Food and Consumer Science programme and the Food, Nutrition and Health programme share the same curriculum in the first two years, allowing you to transfer easily between them in line with your career goals. Work alongside industry professionals and gain professional experience during a 10-week work placement. Develop your practical skills in Abertay's state-of-the-art food labs and consumer experience centre. This programme is aligned to the General Teaching Council (GTC) for Home Economics Teaching and is accredited by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST).

Course details


Core modules (subject to change over time) - Fundamentals of Nutrition; Properties of Food; Nutrition through the Lifespan; Public Health Nutrition & Health Promotion; Food Characterisation; Nutrition & the Consumer; Quality & Safety Management Systems; Food Processing; Placement; New Product Development 1; New Product Development 2 and Honours Project. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Fundamentals of Food Preparation; Biology Principles & Practice; Food Design & Promotion; Law; Professional Development for Placement and Current Topics in Food.

Assessment method

A variety of teaching methods from traditional lectures to tutorials and case studies, drawing examples from industry linked projects, through collaboration with [email protected] The students have an opportunity to gain real life experience through the 10 week-long placement at Year 3, giving them the opportunity to put into practice their academic learning. You will be assessed by coursework, class tests, online assessments, exam presentations, vivas and projects.

How to apply

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If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeDN69
Institution code A30
Campus nameAbertay Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level CCC For entry into Year 2 we would look for BBB to include Home Economics or Food Studies AND Biology or Chemistry
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:- Applied Science Applied Science (Medical Science) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Environmental Sustainability Health and Social Care Hospitality Sport Travel and Tourism For entry into Year 2 we would look for DDD Hospitality
Scottish Higher BBBB
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB Entry into Year 2 to include Health & Food Technology or Home Economics AND Biology or Chemistry
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3
Scottish HNC Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HNC in one of the following:- Food, Science & Technology - Graded Unit B Hospitality - Graded Unit B Professional Cookery - Graded Unit B Entry into Year 1 with HNC Fitness, Health & Exercise - Graded Unit B
Scottish HND Pass Entry into Year 2 with an HND in one of the following:- Fitness, Health & Exercise - Graded Unit B Food, Science & Technology - Graded Unit B Hospitality Management - Graded Unit B Professional Cookery - Graded Unit B
HNC (BTEC) M Entry into Year 2 with HNC (BTEC) Hospitality Management
HND (BTEC) M Entry into Year 2 with HND (BTEC) Hospitality Management

Applicants should have National 5/GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or equivalent - Lifeskill Maths NOT accepted in lieu of Maths

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course


English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

List of English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

International tuition fees for the following courses are £15,500:- Computer Games Technology Computer Game Applications Development Computer Arts Ethical Hacking Game Design & Production

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Food and Consumer Science at Abertay University - UCAS