BTEC National Certificate in Food Science and
What is a BTEC National Certificate?
A BTEC National Certificate is a practical, work-related course. You learn by completing
projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and
demands. As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you
develop the skills you need to start or progress a career.
It is equivalent to two A levels which means when you have finished the course you can
choose whether to get a job straight away or go into higher education first.
A BTEC National Certificate can be taken full-time or part-time and is equally suitable for
school leavers and mature students.
What are the entry requirements?
You will normally need to have at least one of the following:
a BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in a related subject
an Intermediate GNVQ in a related subject
at least four GCSEs at grades A*-C
What is the course structure?
The course is made up of twelve units – six core units, which everyone takes, and six
specialist units. The specialist units enable you to study particular areas in depth.
What subjects will I study?
All students take these six core units:
Introductory Science for Food Technicians
Food Workplace Practices
Food Technology Calculations
Introduction to Food Manufacture
Food and Raw Materials
You take six specialist units from the list below. You must select either two units from
Group A and four from Group B or three units from each group:
Food Laboratory Organisation
ICT and Food MIS
Food Science for the Technician
Food Data Analysis
Role of the Food Manufacturing Technician
Food Technology Investigations
Food Product Development
Food Production Management
Food Process Control
Flour Confectionery Technology
Chocolate Products Technology
Sweet Confectionery Technology
Dairy Technology Liquid Milk Processing
Dairy Technology Product Manufacture
Fresh Produce Technology
Fish Technology A
Mixed Commodity Products
Frozen Food Technology
Fish Technology B
How is the course assessed?
All units are assessed and graded, and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.
What can I do at the end of the course?
BTEC National Certificates are valued by employers and higher education (universities
If you want to get a job straight away you could work in a variety of jobs within the food
manufacturing industry such as:
raw materials testing
food data analysis
If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree or a BTEC Higher
National in a related area.
How can I find out more?
Ask your careers teacher or adviser or your local college for more information or see the
Edexcel website – http://www.edexcel.org.uk