Food Science and Nutrition

Applied Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition

Course Overview

An understanding of food science and nutrition is relevant to many industries and job roles.  Care providers and nutritionists in hospitals use this knowledge, as do sports coaches and fitness instructors.  Hotels and restaurants, food manufacturers and government agencies also use this understanding to develop menus, food products and policies that that support healthy eating initiatives. Many employment opportunities within the field of food science and nutrition are available to graduates.  

This is an Applied General qualification. This means it is designed primarily to support learners progressing to university. It is mainly designed for those wanting to pursue careers or learning in related areas such as the food industry production.

    Qualification Details

    • Qualification: Applied Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition
    • Exam Board: WJEC


    Course Teacher Profile

    Miss S. Bloor

    Miss S. Bloor


    Miss Bloor is the Curriculum Team Lead for Food Science and Nutrition in the Amethyst Sixth Form

    Course Requirements

    To enrol for the Food Science course you should have the following…

    • An appropriate Level 2 qualification in Food such as Level 1/2 Technical Award in Hospitality and Catering or GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. Grade 4 / L2P or above.
    • GCSE Grade 4 in Science

    Year 1 Summary

    In Year 12, we study Unit 1: Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups. Unit content is primarily focused upon developing students’ understanding of how nutrients are chemically composed, how nutrients are affected within food production and how nutrients contribute to good health.  Students also learn about different types of diets, weight management and how nutrients function in the human body.

    Practical skills are also developed through the use of challenging recipes aimed to be used within the food industry.  This can then be linked back to the nutritional knowledge and students will learn how to develop recipes and menus for specific dietary requirements.

    Assessment Information

    Progress is assessed through two separate assessments;

    Internal Controlled Assessment – 50%

    External Written Exam – 50%

    The external written exam can be re-taken in Year 13 iif the student wishes to obtain a higher grade.

    Year 2 Summary

    In Year 13, we study Unit 2: Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat (this is a mandatory, external unit) and Unit 4: Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition (this is an internal assessment).

    Assessment Information

    Unit 2: Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat is externally assessed and takes the format of an eight-hour, timed and supervised assessment. An externally set title will be provided and students will be expected to analyse and respond to it.

    Unit 4: Current Issues in Food Science and Production is an internally marked controlled assessment.  It takes the format of an individually planned, resourced and presented research project and it should focus on a current issue linked to food science or nutrition.

    Both units carry a value of 50% each.

    Careers and Next Steps

    The Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning. It will enable learners to progress to a wide range of degree programmes.

    The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, such as:

    • BSc Food and Nutrition
    • BSc Human Nutrition
    • BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition
    • BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology

    The knowledge you will gain in this course will prepare you for a variety of careers within the food industry such as product design, food manufacturing and production, quality control, nutrition, care management, sport and fitness, food technology, technical brewing, research technologist, procurement manager and toxicologist. This qualification can also be instrumental in developing a career within the hospitality and catering industry.


    Careers Spotlight

    Food Technologist

    As a food technologist, your primary responsibility is to ensure that food products are safe and meet specific standards. It’s likely you’ll also be involved in developing the manufacturing processes and recipes of food and drink products. This could involve working on both existing and newly-discovered ingredients to invent new recipes and concepts.

    You may modify foods to create products such as fat-free items and ready meals and will often work closely with the product development teams to help deliver factory-ready.

    recipes, based on development kitchen samples. Keeping up with ever-changing food production regulations will be an essential part of your job.


    • Starting salaries for food technologists are in the region of £20,000 to £26,000.
    • With experience, salaries of £25,000 to £45,000 can be reached.
    • At a senior management level, you could earn up to £50,000+.

    Working hours

    Working hours in the retail and public sector are usually 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, possibly with some extra hours. However, shift work is usual in the private sector (for example in factories) up until management level.

    Shift work may sometimes be required when running production trials, where auditing hours are according to the site production times.

    Nutritional Therapist

    As a nutritional therapist, your focus is on the belief that there are nutritional and biochemical imbalances in the body that lead to ill health. You’ll therefore take a holistic approach to your clients, devising for them a personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan to help maintain their well-being.

    This includes recommendations to restore nutritional balance, which may include guidance on avoiding certain toxins and allergens, detoxification and the use of supplementary nutrients such as high-dose vitamins.

    Nutritional therapy is classed as a complementary medicine and is intended for people with chronic health conditions or those who want to improve their general health and lifestyle.


    Most nutritional therapists are self-employed so your income will depend on factors such as the price you charge per hour, the number of hours you work, the number of patients you attract and your running costs and overheads.

    You’re likely to charge between around £40 and £160 for first consultations and then £30 to £100 per follow-up consultation. You may offer a range of consultation packages with varying prices.

    Fees charged will vary depending on a range of factors, including the length of the consultation (with initial consultations typically lasting longer) and your location. If you’re based in London, for example, your earnings will be higher than nutritional therapists elsewhere.

    Working hours

    Being self-employed means you can set your own working hours to a certain extent, although you may have to be flexible to suit a client’s needs. For example, you may choose to work some evenings or weekends.

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