Cornwall College

FdSc Food Studies

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORC1013C Personal and Employability Skills Development

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

    • CORD135 Research Skills

      This module is designed to develop the student's knowledge of the underpinning principles of research, experimental design and data analysis.

    • CORD162 Agriculture and The Food Chain

    • CORD189 Principles of Food Science and Nutrition

      The fundamental concepts of the physical, chemical and microbiological sciences relevant to the scientific study of food manufacture and human nutrition. Introduces students to simple practical skills necessary in the investigation of appropriate food materials and develops an appreciation of the importance of both qualitative and quantitative techniques in the study of food and nutrition.

    • CORD190 Food Safety Management

      Food safety is the prime concern of all food producers and this module introduces the concepts and principles that underpin its effective management.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • AGF201 Consumer Issues

      The consumer is the key to any business and this module is designed to engender a positive attitude to consumer: producer relationships.

    • CORD1005 Food Processing

      This module is designed to introduce the student to the commercial production of a range of foods from the following commodity groups: dairy, meat, fruit and vegetables, cereals and fish.

    • CORD1029 Food Quality

      Food quality is fundamental to the success of any food business and this module introduces the concept of quality and investigates the skills necessary to deal with the consequences of quality issues.

    • CORD2062 Product Development

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORD2040 Applied Food Science and Nutrition

    • CORD2063 Quality Assurance & Safety

    • CORD2078 Research Project

    • CORD2087 Food Unit Operations in Practice

      Within this module students will be expected to seek their own work placement (with support provided by the Programme Team); undertaking a minimum of 80 hours within a food manufacturing environment. Students will focus on the internal operations of the food business including understanding processing equipment.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Cornwall College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.

Find out more about studying at Cornwall College