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Food Safety, Inspection and Control BSc (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2017



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If you love food and want to uphold the quality and safety of restaurants, this course could teach you how to make a career out of it.

The safety and authenticity of the food we eat and the hygiene of food premises that 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.

If you have a passion for food safety, food inspection, regulation and global food developments then this could be the degree for you. The second year of this degree covers the academic content of the Higher Certificate in Food Control, which needs to be completed by anoyne 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 a 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. 

Our multimillion pound Science and Health 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.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute for Environmental Health (CIEH)

Accreditation is currently being sought from the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health (CIEH). The outcome for this is expected September 2017.

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Eligibility for membership of the CIEH upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Food Control academic content, professional log book and professional interview. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

Course information

The course includes the academic content for the CIEH accredited Higher Certificate in Food Contol (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.  



The first year of the course introduces students to the principles of human nutrition, public health, food preparation and food law, alongside skills for study and preparation for future employment. Some of these aspects are shared by students on other courses, such as Food and Nutrition BSc and Dietetics BSc, thus allowing you to gain a interdisciplinary view of food related topics from the perspective of food science and technology, human nutrition and health and food safety.


  • Skills for Food and Nutrition Sciences 1

  • Skills for Food and Nutrition Sciences 2

  • Introduction to Human Nutrition

  • Introduction to Public Health

  • Introduction to Food Production

  • Introduction to Food Law and Policy


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


In your second year, we will build on these principles and begin to apply them in a practical context. Second year modules cover the subjects of hygiene management systems, food microbiology, food regulation and practical food inspection in relation to a huge variety of foods and food premises.


  • Contemporary Skills for Food and Nutrition Sciences

  • Food Microbiology

  • Methods in Food Production

  • Food Inspection and Food Standards

  • Food Law

  • Hygiene Management


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution.


The final year of your course provides the opportunity to carry out an independent research project in relation to an area of food safety which interests you. If you opted for the enhancement year placement, this could follow on and be in partnership with your placement provider (subject to the provider’s approval).

You will be expected to utilise your theoretical and practical knowledge of food hygiene and safety to inspect both food premises and foods for their compliance with legislation in final year modules in the subject areas of epidemiology and food borne diseases, food chain security and sustainability, food law enforcement, food control and food fraud.


  • Epidemiology and Food Borne Diseases

  • Law Enforcement Case Studies

  • Food Chain Security and Sustainability

  • Food Control and Food Fraud

  • Research Design for Food and Nutrition Sciences

  • Independent Project in Food and Nutrition  Sciences


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

In more detail...

This course can be studied full-time over three years, or over four years with an optional enhancement year after the second year. This optional enhancement year can be spent either studying abroad or on professional placement in an appropriate food safety setting with either a local authority or food industry partner. The optional enhancement year is available to all students to apply for and acceptance is subject to the partner institution or company. 

Each module is supported by online material to help prepare you for your taught sessions and to assist with your personal study.

Where possible, coursework uses applied tasks that mimic the skills needed in jobs to help ensure you are attractive to future employers, such as collection and interpretation of food safety policies and real life inspection scenarios. The course also offers the opportunity for numerous practical industry visits and fieldtrips e.g. visits to food manufacturers.

Seminars by our practitioner staff and visiting lecturers aim to cover the latest issues on a wide range of food safety based research topics e.g. food safety packaging seminar from food manufacturers and local authoirity inspectors.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, workshops, tutorials, presentations, group and individual problem-based learning projects, and practical case studies and application.

Meet our staff

Kathy Rodenhurst

Senior Lecturer in Food Safety and Quality

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The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated before the start of each module. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. 

Each module contains between one and three summative assignments which you must pass with an average mark of 40% or greater. In order for you to show your potential you will be assessed in a variety of formats, including traditional timed assessments, scientific report writing, verbal and written presentations, and participation in group activities.  

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

Coursework, tests, essays: 40%

Formal examinations: 15%

Practical or project work: 15% 

Group work 15%

Presentations and posters 10%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Sciences, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 300 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.

15% assessed by formal exams

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply both theoretical and practical scientific concepts in food science, technology, nutrition, microbiology, epidemiology and food law to analyse food related risks to human health and to develop creative solutions that ensure a safe and sustainable global food supply chain. 
  • Integrate theory and practice by practical inspection of food and food premises, applying current national and international food hygiene and standards legislation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge meeting the academic requirements of the CIEH syllabus for the Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC). 
  • Plan, conduct, analyse and report the results of research based practical scientific investigations including due regard for health and safety and ethical considerations. 
  • Access and critically evaluate information to develop reasoned and balanced arguments pertaining to local, national and global food safety and control topics, challenge opinion and communicate ideas effectively in written, verbal and digital formats. 
  • Work effectively within a team, demonstrate leadership and team management skills and communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals and organisations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills, including appropriate professional conduct relevant for future employment within a control related profession (i.e. government control bodies, local government control authorities or private sector auditing/certification or consultation). 
  • Demonstrate self-management and independent learning skills that are transferable to graduate level/professional employment.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching:  8 hours of workshops each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of laboratory work each week.
  • Large group teaching: 8 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. working on coursework assignments.

Food safety practice takees place in higher education institutions, regulatory bodies  and industry throughout the world. This international perspective is reflected in a number of modules on the course, which deal with issues of global importance, such as epidemiology and food borne illness, food fraud, food inspection and global food security and sustainability. 

There may also be an opportunity for you to apply to spend your optional enhancement year in an international setting, should a suitable international partner be idenitified. In addition, there are also opportunities to to attend an international food safety conference.

The course provides the opportunities for online collaboration with overseas institutions on a joint problem-based learning assignment. AN OIL opportunity will be provided for students included either within the Level 1 skills modules or our Food Law module 1002 BMS.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2017

£13,015 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Career prospects

This course is designed to meet the needs of the food industry and regulatory agencies by covering skills including: how to assess food safety risks, advise on food hygiene and safety, inspect food and food premises, and understand and apply legislation relating to food.

We aim to share knowledge about how technologies will aid the food quality assurance process, and the problems of maintaining a sustainable global food chain. In addition, there will be opportunities for you to develop skills in problem solving, team work and effective communication that may be appliacble to non-discipline specific graduate career routes.

The course includes the academic content for the CIEH accredited Higher Certificate in Food Contol (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.  

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.