Food Safety, Inspection and Control at Coventry University - UCAS

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Course summary

This course has been designed for people who have a passion for food safety, inspection, regulation and global food developments and want to make a difference to the quality of the food we eat. The Food Safety, Inspection and Control BSc (Hons) encompasses a variety of food issues with both a UK and international focus. Designed to meet the needs of the food industry and regulatory agencies, it covers skills including how to assess food safety risks, advise on food hygiene and safety, inspect food and food premises, and understand and apply legislation relating to food. Successful students will:

  • Meet the academic requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) syllabus towards the completion of the Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC).
  • Be competent in the analysis, interpretation and presentation of scientific data.
  • Develop as graduates with the skills and capabilities to inspect food and food premises and recommend actions and legal enforcement measures.
Key Course Benefits
  • Ranked No.7 for Food Science in The Complete University Guide 2023.
  • This course 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.
  • We use simulation to develop the skills you will need in industry, for example preparing and presenting a court prosecution case.
  • Expert staff and guest lecturers who have or are working practitioners bring the subjects to life using real life examples and scenarios. Our current industry and local authority experienced teaching staff aim to bring a range of professional and research experience to their teaching. Having worked as food scientists, public and environmental health professionals and nutritionists for both governmental and local councils as well as working in the food industry, they maintain links with major external organisations to ensure you receive up-to-date information and help you begin to establish your professional networks. We have also welcomed highly specialised guest lecturers from areas such as Animal Health Protection Agency, Port Health Authorities and pest control.
  • Our multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in food safety, inspection and analytical techniques*.
*For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website.


This course has a common first year The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn. If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements). Common first year courses: Food Safety, Inspection and Control BSc (Hons) Food Science BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Health BSc (Hons) Year One Modules Physiology and Biochemistry for Nutrition - 20 credits Introduction to Public Health - 20 credits Chemistry of Foods - 20 credits Introduction to Food Law and Policy - 20 credits Practical and Academic Skills for Food and Nutrition Sciences - 20 credits Introduction to Food Preparation and Production - 20 credits Year Two In year two, you will develop more advanced knowledge and skills to do with food microbiology, food production methods, food inspection, food standards, food law and hygiene management systems, among others. Modules Food Law – 20 Credits Food Microbiology - 20 credits Methods in Food Production – 20 Credits Research and Employability Skills for Food, Nutrition and Health - 20 credits Food Inspection and Food Standards – 20 Credits Hygiene Management Systems – 20 Credits Placement Year There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future. If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee of £1,250. For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website. During this time you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement. Final Year Year three aims to bring you to the level to enter the world of work by consolidating your knowledge and skills from year one and two. You could also work on a research project in an area of your interest. Research Design for Food, Safety and Nutrition Sciences - 20 credits Epidemiology and Foodborne Disease – 20 Credits Food Law Enforcement Case Studies – 20 Credits Independent Project in Food, Safety and Nutrition Sciences - 20 credits Food Chain Security and Sustainability – 20 Credits Food Control and Food Fraud – 20 Credits We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. Before accepting any offers, please check the website for the most up to date course content. For full module details please check the course page on the Coventry University website.

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include: Tests Essays Group work Presentations Reports Projects Coursework Individual assignments The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Professional bodies

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How to apply

Application codes

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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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

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Clearing contact details

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Additional information

Thursday 17 August 08:00-21:00, Friday 18 August 08:00-18:00, Saturday 19 August 10:00-16:00, Sunday 20 August 10:00-16:00, Monday 21 August onwards (weekdays only) 08:00-19:00

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Food Safety, Inspection and Control at Coventry University - UCAS