The CertHE in Food Control is available over 1 year full time (3 semesters) or 2 years part time (5 semesters).
There are 6 modules (120 credits) at stage 2 that make up the CertHE in Food Control and these modules teach and assess the academic curriculum for the CIEH HCFC. These Modules are taught as part of the BSc Food Safety, Inspection & Control degree programme and classes will be combined. As the students enter directly into stage 2 they are also supported by an additional bespoke skills module and online learning materials that ensure that they are suitably supported for academic study. All modules within the course are mandatory.
The course itself is taught by a mixture of lectures, laboratories, kitchen based sessions and interactive workshops and discussion groups. Real life scenarios and current and recent case studies involving food quality and safety issues are used extensively. As part of the assessments within the course, students will have opportunities to undertake practical inspections of food and food premises and to prepare and present a court prosecution case along with other real life application of key skills and knowledge such as HACCP, assessing mircobiological food sampling results and applying current food safety legisaltion. These applied assessments are also supported by traditional written assignments and examinations.
Outside of the classroom, students are further supported by online course materials which they are expected to complete in their own time. The course team includes practitioners in food and food premises inspection who bring their knowledge and professional experience to the classroom. Thus, the course aims to produce competent people who are ready to further their careers within the food industry, especially with regulatory bodies as food safety inspectors. The course also offers the opportunity for practical industry visits and fieldtrips such as visits to food manufacturers.
Seminars by our practitioner staff and visiting lecturers will bring you the latest on a wide range of food safety based research topics, such as a food safety packaging seminar from food manufacturers and Local Authority inspectors.