Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Food Safety, Inspection and Control

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Course summary

This BSc (Hons) Food Safety, Inspection and Control is a versatile and exciting degree course which encompasses a variety of food issues with both a UK and international food focus. The areas which we cover include Food Regulation and Law, Food Microbiology, Food Inspection, Hygiene Management, Food Fraud and Global Food Sustainability. This course also incorporates the academic content of the Higher Certificate of Food Control, the baseline qualification for food hygiene and standards, official controls and the inspection of food premises within the UK. There is a big emphasis on practice during this BSc and our teaching team aim to impart their own research and professional experience into their teaching, alongside organised visits from practitioners and professionals from industry and various regulatory authorities. There are opportunities within the course to undertake practical inspections of food and food premises and to prepare and present a court prosecution case, together with many more practically based teaching sessions. This course aims to help prepare graduates for future careers within the food industry, with regulatory bodies and as food inspectors. The University has links with a number of Local Authorities and food industries who we ask to attend as guest lectures and they also assist in offering site visits. We are planning to have guest lecturers from Birmingham City Council to talk about Food Enforcement and Food Fraud. We also plan on having a number of site visits to different sectors of the food industry from farm to manufacturer to caterer. Some of the links we have may also offer professional placements upon successful application, with opportunities to spend an optional enhancement year in industry in the UK or overseas. There are also opportunities to attend conferences and local authority CPD run events. Key Course Benefits

  • Food safety practice takes place in higher education institutions, regulatory bodies and industry throughout the world. This international perspective is reflected in a number of modules on the course, which deal with issues of global importance, such as epidemiology and food borne illness, food fraud, food inspection and global food security and sustainability.
  • There may also be an opportunity for you to apply to spend your optional enhancement year in an international setting, should a suitable international partner be identified. In addition, there are also opportunities to attend an international food safety conference.
  • The course provides the opportunities for online collaboration with overseas institutions on a joint problem-based learning assignment. An OIL (Online International Learning) opportunity will be provided for students included either within the Level 1 skills modules or our Food Law module 1002 BMS.

Course details


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply both theoretical and practical scientific concepts in food science, technology, nutrition, microbiology, epidemiology and food law to analyse food related risks to human health and to develop creative solutions that ensure a safe and sustainable global food supply chain.
  • Integrate theory and practice by practical inspection of food and food premises, applying current national and international food hygiene and standards legislation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge meeting the academic requirements of the CIEH syllabus for the Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC).
  • Plan, conduct, analyse and report the results of research based practical scientific investigations including due regard for health and safety and ethical considerations.
  • Access and critically evaluate information to develop reasoned and balanced arguments pertaining to local, national and global food safety and control topics, challenge opinion and communicate ideas effectively in written, verbal and digital formats.
  • Work effectively within a team, demonstrate leadership and team management skills and communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals and organisations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills, including appropriate professional conduct relevant for future employment within a control related profession (i.e. government control bodies, local government control authorities or private sector auditing/certification or consultation).
  • Demonstrate self-management and independent learning skills that are transferable to graduate level/professional employment.
Please be aware that some optional modules may require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Environmental Health, Chartered Institute of

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Food Safety, Inspection and Control at Coventry University - UCAS