What’s it all about?
The Applied Diploma in Food Science & Nutrition allows students to gain a strong theoretical and practical understanding of food and cooking, through a qualification designed by industry specialists. Students learn how to cater for different groups, meeting their dietary needs with healthy, tasty menu options. A strong practical element runs through the course, as students demonstrate their ability to use a very wide range of preparatory and cooking techniques.
As no exam board offers an A Level in Food Technology or similar, this course is awarded as a vocational qualification through Eduqas. It carries the same number of UCAS points as a single A Level.
What skills will I need to be successful?
Students will clearly need to already have, or be willing to develop, strong practical skills in the kitchen, but this alone will not be enough. Students need to be able to think analytically about complicated scientific processes, and apply this theoretical understanding to their practical work. A methodical, organised approach to all aspects of the course is required.
Where can it take me in the future?
An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles. Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors. Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that that support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.