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  • About this subject
  • Is this the course for me?
  • Careers prospects
  • Studying Food and Drink Production
  • Where to study
Food Technology

Food and drink Production refers to the production and distribution of food, drink and related services. It covers a whole range of courses from sugar craft and cake decoration to learning about the drinks management and bar service training. The food industry plays a significant role within the UK and as such there is plenty of opportunity available to those wishing to pursue a career within the food and drink industry with talent individuals with appropriate qualifications.

Is this the course for me?

Are you passionate about pursuing a career in the food and drink sector? Are you passionate about the culinary process? If this sounds like you then perhaps studying a course in food production would be ideal for you.

However, the majority of food and drink production courses will be based upon vocational learning techniques, so it is important that students have a natural talent for their chosen field of study and are able to benefit from practical – based lessons.

Careers prospects

For those with qualifications in Food and Drink production there are a number of career paths available for new graduates. Many individuals are hired within this sector to develop and distribute new food products.

Many students opt to work within the hospitality and leisure industries as food quality managers, or managing the day to day running of bars and restaurants. Similarly, social care is often available for those with such qualifications as government agencies look to employ graduates with nutritional knowledge within this particular sector.  

There is also the option for graduates to pursue further training opportunities, training as a chef within restaurants or hotel kitchens or to take the PGCE and pursue a career as a food technology teacher within a secondary education environment.

If you’re a hard-working graduate with strong entrepeunerial instincts, then it is also possible to launch your own food and drink business catering for private parties and events. Many qualified individuals set up such companies in attempt to subsidise their income.

With an average starting salary in the UK of £20,336 per year then this can be a particularly lucrative career for those with the right skill-sets and a strong work ethic.

Studying Food and Drink Production

Many of the food and drink production courses available for study are shorter courses, so the entry requirements may be dependent upon the course of study, and the level at which you are intending to study.  There are a number of short courses that don’t require previous experience, just a passion for the subject matter, and there are some, such as the continuing professional development courses that stipulate potential candidates have a certain level of experience.

The majority of food and drink production undergraduate courses will take place over a period of 3 years, although this may depend on whether students opt to extend their course of study between the second and third stages. Post-graduate courses will last a minimum of a year and candidates will be expected to have a 2:1 honours qualification or equivilent work experience.

Those wishing to pursue a course of study in Food and Drink Production who are non-native speakers of English may do so on the provision that they sit an IELTS test and score a minimum of 6.0 – 6.5 before starting the course of study.

Where to study

Your personality will also have an impact upon where you choose to study. With all of the statistics and academic information you receive, it is easy to forget your choice of academic institution will dictate where you live. If you are planning on attending any university open days before you make your application, then make sure you investigate the local area to see if it is somewhere you could envisage yourself living.

It is also important that you not only examine the University, but that you take a close look at what it is you will be learning on the course. While most universities will offer the same core modules, most courses require that students take at least another two optional modules. If this is the case, take a look at which subjects and modules are available to study and whether they appeal to your interests.

Given the broad range of career opportunities available to those studying degrees in Food and Drinks Production, the networking potential of different Universities will have a significant impact upon where you ultimately decide to study. While it is imperative to have a strong degree, many recruiters look for graduates who have previous experience and connections working for prestigious companies. Universities spend years cultivating strong relationships with industry leaders, allowing their students to not only access the top placements available in their fields, but also to attend networking events.

You should also carefully consider the fees and the cost of living while you are studying. To help make your decision easier, work out how much financial support you will be getting while you study. Are you entitled to any scholarships or grants?