BSc (Hons) Food Manufacturing with Operations Management (Top-Up)

Prepare for a rewarding role in the food manufacturing industry with this innovative degree. Learning in our on-site butchery, bakery and innovation rooms for new product development and scale-ups means you’ll be well prepared for whichever part of the food industry you wish to enter. 

Our Food Manufacturing top-up degree is a one-year course where you will perfect your skills in our state-of-the-art food halls and facilities, some of the very best in the food industry.  

Why UCR - Leading Edge

Course Overview

You will study a range of modules through our supportive and engaging teaching and assessment methods to ensure you gain a wide variety of skills needed to excel in the industry.

We are immensely proud of our food department which is the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Dairy Champion. With a recent £7.4 million investment, our Food Centre is unrivalled as one of the best equipped food processing teaching and practical facilities in Europe. 

Course Features

  • Honours research project
  • Resource management
  • Data analysis
  • Current issues in food technology
  • Food biochemistry
  • Food processing operations
  • Food quality and integrity 

Career Options

  • Research and development
  • Technical management
  • New product development
  • Food marketing
  • Buying
  • Laboratory analysis and testing
  • Process development
  • Food auditing
  • Food production management
  • Quality management 

Course Information

Modules are delivered through practical work and theoretical lectures. Learning is assessed by a combination of assignments (including essays, reports, presentations and seminars), practical assessments and examinations.

Students study five modules including a choice of two optional modules.

Foundation Degree or HND in Food Manufacturing with Business Management or relevant subject.

  • Honours Research Project
  • Resource Management for the Food Industry
  • Data Analysis for the Food Industry
  • Current Issues in Food Technology*
  • Food Biochemistry*
  • Food Processing Operations*
  • Food Quality and Integrity*

*optional modules

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. Your actual contact hours may depend on which optional modules you select, but the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course:

Year 1: 18% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 210 hours

Independent Study: 990 hours

Percentage of course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Year 1

90% coursework

10% written exams

Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided within twenty working days after the submission date.

Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports.

To offer graduates a leading position in the jobs market, students are given the opportunity to enhance their career prospects by taking additional qualifications during their course of study. These could include a range of qualifications such as:

CIEH (Chartered Institute for Environmental Health) Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing
CIEH Level 4 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing
Students are encouraged to join the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) as an Associate (Student) member.

Students will be able to access course timetables for the academic year in September.

Timetables are subject to change, but full-time students can expect to spend 2-3 days per week on campus. Part-time students will only attend for summative assessments or required workshops. 

Tuition Fees

As a student at UCR, you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.

Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on our student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.

Tuition fees for international students can also be found on our student finance page.

Equipment Costs

  • £115 for chef’s whites
  • £50 per year for laundry
  • £15 for a lab coat (can buy via Amazon etc)
    (Usage depends on your chosen options and the type of HRP project you do)


Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.

Full-time: Apply directly through UCAS

Part-time: Apply directly through Reaseheath

Foundation Degree or HND in Food Manufacturing with Business Management or relevant subject.

September 2022
September 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years by blended learning

Useful Information

Here you will find useful information about the services and support available at University Centre Reaseheath. Click to expand each item:

University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit our additional financial support page.

For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our UCR Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.

Click here to view the University Centre Reaseheath Student Protection Plan.

All UCR students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath (providing you have applied before the UCAS equal considerations deadline. For full details on our halls of residence visit our accommodation page.

We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support. These include our Student Services Team, Inclusive Learning Team, Library and Learning Resources Team and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You can find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath on our support page.

University Centre Reaseheath is proud to welcome international students. For more information, please visit our international students page.