Level 3 Apprenticeship in

Food Technologist

If you aspire to being a specialist in new product development or food quality or a technical manager working in the food science industry, then this could be the course for you!

This apprenticeship is ideal if you are employed by a grower, in a large or small food manufacturer or by a retailer and are working in a laboratory, development or factory based role.

You will gain knowledge of legislation and regulations in the food and drink industry, audit processes, food chemistry and microbiology whilst developing your skills in risk management, product trials, sensory evaluation and much more.

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What will I study?

  • Food technology principles – including food chemistry, food industry standards, microbiology, pest control and continuous improvement management
  • Food business principles – including audit processes, costs and quality, food supply chains, management systems, product development and risk management
  • Food technology practices – including collecting and analysing data, product costing, product trials, problem solving, root cause analysis and sensory analysis
  • Communications – including building relationships with customers and suppliers and influencing, negotiating, presentation, written and verbal skills
  • Health and safety practices and legislation within a food production environment – including food safety, environmental, hygiene standards and hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP)
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 24 to 30 months depending on previous experience

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • Preferably GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths, or
  • Level 2 apprenticeship in a food related subject

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Study a higher level apprenticeship or foundation degree

Career options