SCQF Level 6
Professional Cookery, Hospitality, Retail and Events

Course Overview
The food and drink industry in Scotland is vast and rapidly expanding serving up a tempting selection of exciting career opportunities. 

Foundation Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Operations gives you the chance to learn about the principles of food science and food safety from developing marketable food products for today`s consumer to the care legislation and processes involved in creating those products.

This is a two-year course. In year one pupils will complete a National Progression Award (NPA) in Food Manufacture (SCQF Level 6) attending Edinburgh College two afternoons per week.  In year two pupils will typically spend around 10 hour per week attending Edinburgh College and with an employer on an extended placement to complete their qualification in the workplace.

You will learn in a hands-on way both in a classroom and as part of a placement in a real workplace. You will get a chance to try different roles shadow experienced staff or work on a special project
What You Will Learn
Year one you will complete the following units at Edinburgh College: 

  • Fundamentals of Food Science 
  • Food Production 
  • Commercial and Social Drivers 
  • Sustainability 
  • REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate 
  • REHIS Elementary Health and Safety Certificate
Year two you will be mainly delivered in the workplace where you will develop work-ready skills and complete the following units: 

  • Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues 
  • Interpret and Communicate Information and Data in Food and Drink Operations 
  • Contribute to Continuous Improvement of Food Safety in Manufacture 
  • Develop a New Product in a Food Business 
  • Promote and Support Creative Thinking in a Food Business

Placement Information
In year two you will spend around 10 hours per week with an employer and in the Edinburgh College throughout S6.
Entry Requirements
  • Achieved or working towards National 5 Maths and English
  • National 5 Hospitality or Food Technology would be an advantage
  • The ability to work towards a SCQF level 6 (Higher) qualification
  • An interest in developing greater awareness of the industry or considering a career in the Food and Drink Industry

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Open book
  • Closed book
  • Portfolios
  • Projects
  • Practical observations
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • All applicants will be invited along to an information session/interview
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Gain entry onto an accelerated Modern Apprenticeship 
  • Go on to study at university or Edinburgh College in a related subject
Career Opportunities
Opportunities within the Food and Drink sector such as:
  • Product development manager
  • Diagnostic
  • Technician
  • Sales
  • Manager
Number Of Days Per Week
  • YEAR 1 - Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons (1:30 pm-4:00 pm Milton Road)
  • YEAR 2 - Around 10 hours per week with an employer and in Edinburgh College throughout S6
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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