New food course planned

Harper Adams University College has launched a new foundation degree in food studies

- a vocationally focused course, which aims to give students the ability to step into supervisory roles within industry, an area of increasing shortage.

It is now estimated that, by 2014, there will be around 118,000 extra food manufacturing jobs needing to be filled, the university claimed. The course is aimed at school-leavers looking for a career in the food industry, and is also a means of gaining a Higher Education qualification for those already working in it.

Annette Creedon, senior tutor, said: "Foundation degrees have a tremendous potential to fill the skills shortage and would contribute to increased business productivity by raising the skills, knowledge and qualifications of higher technicians, associate professionals and many managers in the sector."

The course can be accessed in different ways. School-leavers can study a full-time sandwich course over three years, with a 12-month placement in year two. Those already in work can study part-time on a day release basis or through a mixture of modular taught lectures and distance learning.

Students can also join the course via the new Extended Foundation Degree Programme, which replaces Access at Harper Adams, and also have the option of topping up to a Bachelor degree on completion of the FdSc/HND.

Dr Creedon added: "Harper Adams is uniquely placed to provide this course, with vast experience in the successful provision of Higher Education at Foundation/HND level and, thanks to the on-campus working farm, access to the entire food chain from field to fork."

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