As we strive to meet increasing global demands, the safety and authenticity of the food we eat and the hygiene of food premises that manufacture, prepare and serve food is of paramount importance. This is reflected in the work of government agencies, regulatory bodies and local councils who have responsibility for food safety. Individual food producers, suppliers and catering outlets also require knowledge and understanding of their responsibilities and legal requirements.
This course has been designed for people who have a passion for food safety and integrity, food inspection, regulation and global food developments and want to make a difference to upholding and improving the quality of the food we eat.
The second year of this degree covers the academic content of the Higher Certificate in Food Control, which needs to be completed by anyone who wishes to develop their career in Food Inspection, recognised by Local Government and the Food Standards Agency. Once the content has been successfully completed, you will be required to pass professional interviews with examiners from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and to complete a logbook of field practice – this can be expected to take an additional year.
The course is designed to be practical in nature and gives you opportunities to put the skills you develop in to practice in real world settings, for example previous students have undertaken inspections of food and food premises. We also use simulation to develop the skills you will need in industry, for example preparing and presenting a court prosecution case.
Our multimillion pound Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in food safety, inspection and analytical techniques.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
The course includes the academic content for the CIEH accredited Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC).
This must be supplemented with a professional log book (which may be completed during an appropriate Sandwich year placement or after graduation) and professional interview to meet the requirements of the CIEH.
Why choose this course?
The Food Safety, Inspection and Control degree is a versatile course which encompasses a variety of food issues with both a UK and international focus. The areas which we cover include Food Regulation and Law, Food Microbiology, Food Inspection, Hygiene Management, Food Fraud and Global Food Sustainability.
This course also incorporates the academic content of the Higher Certificate of Food Control, the baseline qualification for food hygiene and standards, official controls and the inspection of food premises within the UK.
There is a big emphasis on practice during this degree and our teaching team aim to impart their own research and professional experience into their teaching, alongside organised visits from practitioners and professionals from industry and various regulatory authorities. There are opportunities within the course to undertake practical inspections of food and food premises and to prepare and present a court prosecution case, together with many more practically based teaching sessions. This course aims to help prepare graduates for future careers within the food industry, with regulatory bodies and as food inspectors.
The University has links with a number of Local Authorities and food industries who we ask to attend as guest lectures and they also assist in offering site visits. We are planning to have guest lecturers from Birmingham City Council to talk about Food Enforcement and Food Fraud. We also plan on having a number of site visits to different sectors of the food industry from farm to manufacturer to caterer.
Some of the links we have may also offer professional placements upon successful application, with opportunities to spend an optional enhancement year in industry in the UK or overseas. There are also opportunities to attend conferences and local authority CPD run events (additional costs may apply).