Glasgow Caledonian University

Food Bioscience Glasgow Caledonian University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

This is the only IFST-approved Food Bioscience programme in Scotland; it satisfies the educational requirements for membership of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

It is also approved by the Royal Environment Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) to meet the pre-registration academic standard for the Scottish Food Safety Officers’ Registration Board.

We are the only institution in Scotland to offer this type of programme and have the strongest emphasis of any Scottish university on food and its development.

You’ll learn about food composition, the effect of chemicals and additives on consumers and food safety as well as genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and nutrition, combined with key industry skills and an understanding of food legislation.

There’s a large practical component to complement the theory and an opportunity for a placement. This may comprise food processing, nutrition, clinical and non-clinical laboratory work or food research and development. Students are often offered jobs by their placement company, even before graduating

Course details

Assessment method

Our assessment methods are designed to produce graduates with a balanced knowledge and understanding of all branches of the subject and to allow our students to become enquiring, independent learners exhibiting high levels of professionalism.

Half of our assessment is practically based, providing hands-on laboratory skills and experience of data handling and presentation which not only makes our programme distinctive but also attractive to employers seeking to find graduates with the necessary skills and competencies.

Professional bodies

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

  • Food Science and Technology of the United Kingdom, Institute of

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

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Course code D611
Institution code G42
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
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBC to include Chemistry plus GCSE Maths and English at B/6 and Double Science at BB or Biology at B/6
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM in relevant subject plus GCSE English and Maths at B plus Double Science at BB
Scottish Higher BBBB to include Higher Chemistry, one other science and essay-based subject (English, History or Modern Studies) plus Nat 5 Maths, English plus either Biology or Human Biology at B
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points with 4 in Chemistry and Biology or Human Biology at Higher level
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3 to include Chemistry, one other science plus an essay-based subject (English, History or Modern Studies).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) O2 from Maths, English and Biology or Human Biology along with the required subjects and grades at Higher level
Scottish HNC Year 1 entry: HNC in related subject ;at least 12 credits (B in Graded unit);
Year 2 entry: HNC in related subject 15/16 credits (A in Graded unit must include Genetics unit and DNA Structure/Physiology. ; HND (min BB in graded unit).
Scottish HND Year 3 entry: HND in related subject (AB in graded units). (If B in GU in Year 1,need A in GU in Year 2)

SWAP Access to Science at BBB
IELTS 6.0 with no individual element below 5.5 or equivalent
B in Higher ESOL

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no element below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £1,820 Year 1
International £11,845 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £1,820 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish domiciled and EU full-time undergraduate students studying in Scotland will not normally have to pay tuition fees, although you must still apply to have your fees paid on your behalf by Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) each year. You should apply online through the SAAS website. You can usually apply from April onwards. For eligibility details and information on how to apply, visit Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (rUK), should apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from their own Local Education Authority. If you live in: England - you should apply to Student Finance Direct Wales - you should apply to Student Finance Wales Northern Ireland - you should apply to Student Finance NI The rUK fees are £9250 per year capped at £27,750 for a 4-year honours programme. A £2,000 cash bursary is available for the first three years. Please see visit

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Provider information

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Glasgow Caledonian University
City Campus
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA

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