Level 3 Diploma

Food Technology and Management

This course involves a variety of topics including a range of sciences, practical food production, design and technology.

You can gain additional certificates such as health and safety, food safety, risk assessment and HACCP. This ensures that you will be fully prepared for a wide range of food related careers.

On successful completion, you can progress onto a degree or go directly into industry where demand for technically qualified staff grows every year.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Nutrition
  • New product development
  • Introduction to food manufacture
  • Quality assurance (food testing)
  • Dairy and food technology
  • Food chemistry
  • Food microbiology
  • Food and raw materials
  • Food safety
  • Butchery
  • Bakery
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Food safety
  • Environmental Health
  • Food production
  • Quality assurance
  • New product development
  • Food nutrition and dietetics
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

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Student Profile
Belle Baldwin

Ambition: New product developer (chocolate)

School: The Priory School, Shrewsbury

Age: 18

Belle wants to make life sweeter for consumers by developing new chocolate products.

She’s had a great start to her career, spending her month’s student placement with Mondelez International, owner of Cadbury. Working in the global section, she joined ‘imagineers’ (new product developers) on a project which in five years may see a new chocolate product on the supermarket shelf.

A creative and hands-on person, Belle has enjoyed the balanced approach of our Level 3, which combines practical sessions in our processing plant with theory. She’s also gained HACCP and food hygiene qualifications and enjoyed a trip to Denmark and Sweden to visit Tetra Pak and Arla factories. She completed her course by receiving our ‘outstanding student’ award.

Keen to make the most of the many graduate opportunities offered by the food industry, Belle aims to progress onto our Foundation Degree in Food Manufacturing with Business Management or find a company which will offer her an apprenticeship.

She says: “Coming to Reaseheath has really opened my eyes, I never realised the number of opportunities there are out there”.