BSc (Hons) Food Production and Supply Management
This course provides a grounding in the science and technologies that define modern food production and explores the impact of rapidly evolving consumer science and behaviour on supply chain management.
Changes in agricultural practice over the last few decades, coupled with shifting patterns in dietary habits, have had a major impact on the global food supply chain. If you wish to understand the economic, social and environmental components of this vast and complex sector, and apply your knowledge in a way that could benefit everyone from the consumer to the producer, this food production course is for you.
It will give you a firm grounding in consumer science, while the involvement of key players in the agri-food sector will allow you to actively explore the entire process of food production, from field to fork.
The RAU’s very own Food Training Centre provides an invaluable resource for research into the nutritional evaluation of a range of dietary regimes, procurement of foods, practical food safety, and storage issues and healthy eating options. While our specialist research and consultancy group, Food Chain Research, will give you the chance to contribute to new insights that could shape future developments.
Our students have secured invaluable work experience opportunities at major national and international food organisations, including AB Sugar, Food Animal Initiative, Dairy Crest, the International Rice Research Institute (Philippines), and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.
During your second year of our food production and supply management course, you too could find yourself working with one of our many industry contacts during a 20-week work placement that could pave your way to future work. Should you wish to take this opportunity further, you can opt to complete a full year of employment between your second and third year.
- A Level: BCC – min.104 UCAS Tariff points (to include at least three A Level passes – Preferably one science or technology subject. For Science subject: Pass in practical element is not required. General Studies & Critical Thinking are not included in the academic offer.)
- BTEC: DMM
- GCSE: (Minimum five GCSEs) - English and Mathematics (or Maths Numeracy for Welsh applicants) at Grade C / 4 or higher are required.
- International Baccalaureate: 26 points to include one science or technology subject at higher level.
- Access to HE: 45 credits at level 3, of which 21 must be awarded at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher. (Pass at Literacy & Numeracy skills at level 2 are accepted in lieu of GCSE English & Mathematics)
- A period of practical experience is also highly recommended.
Alternative entry routes are available for a range of other qualifications. Prior experience is also considered, subject to approval by the programme manager and admissions staff.
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If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for one of our Foundation degree courses or another related degree course.
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Lectures, tutorials, visiting lecturers, student and tutor-led seminars, directed reading, and case studies will all feature in your academic experience. Your grasp of the practical elements of this course will be assessed through examinations and coursework, including real-life case studies, presentations and reports. There are timed, unseen examinations at the end of each year.
The Research Project is an integral part of the course. It provides the opportunity to study in-depth a subject of specific interest or of direct relevance to employment aspirations.
Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and societies activities.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Each credit equates to 10 hours of total study time. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full time students normally take modules worth 60 credits per 15 week semester but this can vary depend on your elective choice. Part time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for your degree is based on marks obtained for modules taken at level 5 and level 6 (weighted 30:70 accordingly)
The modules available for this course are as follows:
- 1003 Business Environment
- 1012 The Business of Food
- 1033 Business Finance
- 1034 Personal Development Planning
- 1045 Agricultural and Food Production Science
- 1046 Human Nutrition, Health and Society
- 1054 Introduction to Food Production
- 1228 Food Testing and Science
- 2032 Marketing Management
- 2036A Work Placement incorporating PDP
- 2041 Agricultural Marketing
- 2077 International Business (Agricultural Trade)
- 2084 Food Safety & Quality Management
- 2085 Consumer Science
- 2088 Fresh Produce Dynamics
- 2235 Researching Business, Management and Entrepreneurship
- 2238 Food Supply Chains in Practice
- 3015 Honours Research Project
- 3030 International Agrifood Issues
- 3086 Advances in Food Science and Technology
- 3087 Advanced Dairy Food Chains
- 3110 Global Meat Chains
Plus a choice of TWO elective, examples given below:
- 3034 Marketing Communication
- 3081 Consumer Behaviour
- 3084 Entrepreneurship
- 3097 Small Scale Farming and Local Food Supply
- 3218 Sustainable Business & Agri-Food Supply Chains
- 3228 Integrated Organic Systems
- 3231 Beverages and the supply chain
Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the student's responsibility.
For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:
|Full-time||£9,250 per year||£10,000 per year|
For full details, please visit the fees and funding webpage.
The University offers a wide range of generous fee waivers and bursaries. To find out more about the scholarships, awards and bursaries available, please visit the scholarships webpage.
The production and manufacture of food and drink contributes almost £30bn to the UK economy, which employs around 3.4m people across the sector. It’s a competitive and in-demand area, which our graduates are perfectly suited to enter. Former students have gone on to work for:
- Tebay Services
- Silver Crane Company
- Robin Appel Ltd
Pursuing career opportunities within:
- Food processing, manufacturing and distribution
- Food service and retailing
- Consumer research and trials
- Agricultural consultancy
- Grain trading
- Primary production and the industries supporting agriculture and horticulture.
- Additional hygiene qualifications gained throughout the course enable graduates to enter supply chains at various stages as technical or operational managers, buyers and safety managers.
93%* of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after leaving the RAU.
*2016/17 UK-based leavers studying a first degree, full time. Source: HESA
Emily Tallontire, BSc (Hons) Food Production and Supply Management graduate, 2015 - “My time at the RAU gave me confidence and first-hand experience. A mix of lectures, guest speakers, and food based visits gave me the wide base, while the work placement gave me hands-on experience of a fast paced food retailer. I was offered a permanent position within the company on graduation, and spent six months working on various projects before settling down into a farm shop buying role – my dream job. The skills and knowledge from the RAU made me who I am today.”
Applications to study at the Royal Agricultural University must be made through the UCAS system. This applies to all undergraduate courses.
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