University College Birmingham

Food Development and Innovation University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Birmingham


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Course snapshot

Innovation and creativity in food development is crucial if the industry is to meet contemporary challenges and our course, accredited by University of Birmingham, will give you the skills and confidence to progress in this fast-moving industry.

Who’s the course for?

You will be fascinated by the innovative ways industry can meet the demands of a nutritious, safe and sustainable food supply. You will be adaptable, creative, knowledgeable – and have a passion for food. The course is designed for individuals seeking a management career in the food, beverage and retail industries, ranging from small, niche businesses to large blue chip manufacturers and major retailers. Additionally, this degree is designed for those interested in food media and food technology education.

Why should I study the course?

  • You will have the opportunity to go on a 12-month work placement in order to develop your skills and enhance employability. You will not incur tuition fees during the 12-month placement.

  • You will get the chance to work in our new Science and Food Science and Innovation Suite, which features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology alongside state-of-the-art development kitchen facilities.

  • Well-developed links with industry are reflected in the design and delivery of this course. Industry-led projects and assignments have a strong industrial focus ensuring students experience real live projects.

  • You will need to buy a uniform and specialist equipment for this course - UCB can help cover the costs for this through our Kick Start scheme.

Great. Tell me some more

You will assess new food ingredients, identify appropriate market applications and learn how to enhance the sensory attributes of products and recipes, ensuring food delivers the consistent quality expected from manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

Your employability will be enhanced by the opportunity to work for a year in industry and additional work placement options.

What skills will I gain?

You will learn about food commodities, nutrition and food safety through practical application and development work. You will examine trends within the industry such as health, food availability, food security and the rise in food costs.

You will get the chance to work in our flagship Food Science and Innovation Suite.

Well-developed links with industry are reflected in the design and delivery of this course. Industry-led projects and assignments have a strong industrial focus ensuring students experience real-life projects.

What about the future?

The course will give you the confidence and know-how to move into a wide range of areas in the food industry including developing new products, reformulating existing products, marketing, education and the media.

Career paths include:

  • Food selection and buying

  • Quality assurance

  • Health promotion

  • Research and development

  • Food consultancy

You could also opt to move onto the BSc (Hons) course on successful completion of your studies

Course details


Year 1

  • Culinary Skills for Innovation
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Food Industry Insights
  • Food Science for Product Development
  • Managing for Profit
  • Sensory Evaluation of Food

Year 2

  • Commercialisation and Supply Chain
  • Consumer Behaviour for Food
  • Contemporary Food Communication
  • Food Product Design Development
  • Research for Food

Plus one option from:

  • Food Production Management
  • Creative Food for the Media
  • Food Product Reformulation
  • Enterprise Start-up Studies

Work Placement (optional)

Assessment method


Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. A typical teaching week will have up to 17 teaching contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large group lectures - 5 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching - 2 hours of seminars in small groups discussing the topics presented in lectures
  • Practical sessions - 6 hours of teaching in practical environments for skills development, sensory and food analytical activities and microbiology
  • Tutorials - 2 hours of tutorials per week, including a mixture of personal, group and academic success tutorials
  • Subject advice sessions - 2 hours per week across a range of topics

Individual study

In addition, you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. Our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.


Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including live project work and group assessment.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 53%
  • Practical assessment - 32%
  • Written examinations - 15%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

How to apply

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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code DN44
Institution code B35
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their course mapped for entry and the conditions of entry will be stated on UCAS track. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form, particularly your personal statement, reference and the qualifications you have taken or are in the process of taking. In most cases, a decision to make an offer can be based on this information alone, however we may need to make further enquiries, particularly relating to your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 56 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email
A level CD UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact to check your eligibility.

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.

Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Level B2 BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic) BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own Test BA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2019/20, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -

Provider information

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University College Birmingham
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Course contact details

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UG Domestic Home and EU Admissions

0121 604 1040

International Admissions

0121 232 4447