The safety and authenticity of the food we eat and the hygiene of food premises that prepare and serve food are of paramount importance. This is reflected in the work of the government agencies, regulatory bodies and local councils that have responsibility for monitoring and enforcing food safety standards.
Individual food producers, suppliers and catering outlets also require appropriate knowledge and understanding of the legal requirements and their responsibilities to the communities they serve.
If you have a passion for food safety then this could be the course for you, as the Certificate of Higher Education CertHE in Food Control has been designed for those who wish to become Food Safety Inspectors or Auditors by covering the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s (CIEH) Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC) qualification. Entry on to the course is available for those who have experience of working in the food industry or have sponsorship or employment within a Local Government Environmental Health Department. The academic content of the HCFC must be supplemented with a practical logbook prepared during a minimum of 6 months practical training, plus a professional interview for competency with the CIEH. Although the university does not provide the placement position for the experiential logbook requirement, the University's Employability Support Team will assist where possible, in supporting students in contacting local authorities and in applications for placements.
Our state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge food safety, inspection and analytical techniques.
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Accreditation and Professional Recognition
This course is recognised by the following bodies:
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
This course is currently accredited until August 2021 by the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health (CIEH) to deliver the academic content of the CIEH Higher Certificate in Food Control, the baseline qualification for food hygiene and standards, official controls and the inspection of food premises within the UK. Eligibility for membership of the CIEH is gained upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Food Control academic content, professional log book and professional interview.
As the course is accredited by the CIEH, you will be entitled to apply for Affiliate membership. Additional costs are payable to the CIEH for Membership.
This course is designed to meet statutory requirements for Food Inspectors. We will therefore teach you how to identify and assess food safety risks, advise on appropriate risk controls, inspect food and food premises for compliance and understand how to apply and enforce the appropriate food safety legislation.
Alongside the academic content relating to the Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC), the course also aims to develop your transferable skills in accessing, evaluating and reporting scientific information, decision making, team work, entrepreneurship and in communicating in diverse situations, thus preparing you for future careers in food safety, inspection and control.
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- Skills for Food Control
- Food Microbiology
- Methods in Food Production
- Food Inspection and Food Standards
- Food Law
- Hygiene Management Systems
- Food Law Enforcement Case Studies
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The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.
In more detail...
This course has been developed in response to the growing demand for food safety inspection and audit specialists. Applications are encouraged from those with food industry experience looking for a career change or to enhance their current food safety knowledge in the roles they currently occupy, or people with an interest in developing their career in this area. The topics you will have the opportunity to study include food regulation and law, food microbiology, food standards and food inspection, hygiene management systems and current issues affecting the food chain.
Importantly, this course is currently accredited until August 2021 by the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health (CIEH) to deliver the academic content of the CIEH Higher Certificate in Food Control, the baseline qualification for food hygiene and standards, official controls and the inspection of food premises within the UK.
There is a big emphasis on practice during this course and you will be taught by an experienced teaching team who impart their own research and professional expertise into their teaching. This is supplemented by practitioners and professionals from industry and various regulatory authorities. You will have opportunities within the course to undertake practical inspections of food and food premises and to prepare and present a court prosecution case, together with many more practical teaching sessions. The course aims to produce graduates who are ready for careers within the food industry, with regulatory bodies and as food inspectors.
The teaching staff have excellent links with a number of Local Authorities and food industries, who will enhance our teaching through guest lectures and site visits.
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) that make up the CertHE in Food Control and these modules teach and assess the academic curriculum for the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health’s Higher Certificate in Food Control. These modules are taught as part of the BSc Food Safety, Inspection & Control degree programme and classes will be combined. You will also supported by an additional bespoke skills module and online learning materials that ensure that you 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, you 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 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, assessing microbiological food sampling results and applying current food safety legislation. These applied assessments are also supported by traditional written assignments and examinations.
Outside of the classroom, you are further supported by online course materials which you are expected to complete in your 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 (subject to additional costs and availability).
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.
Each module contains between one and three summative assignments which you must pass with an average mark of 40% or greater. In order for you to show your potential you will be assessed in a variety of formats, including traditional timed assessments, scientific report writing, verbal and written presentations, and participation in group activities.
An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:
- Formal examinations: 15%
- Coursework, tests, essays: 45%
- Practical work: 15%
- Group work: 15%
- Presentations and posters: 10%
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Apply both theoretical and practical scientific concepts in food science, technology, food safety management, microbiology, food standards and food inspection and food law to analyse food related risks to human health and to develop creative solutions that ensure the protection of public health in the food chain.
- Integrate theory and practice by the practical inspection of food and food premises, applying current national and international food hygiene and standards legislation.
- Demonstrate knowledge meeting the academic requirements of the CIEH syllabus for the Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC).
- Evaluate information to develop reasoned and balanced arguments pertaining to food safety and control issues, and communicate ideas effectively in written, verbal and digital formats.
- Work effectively within a team, demonstrate leadership and team management skills and communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals and organisations.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills, including appropriate professional conduct, to enhance employment opportunities in local government or private sector auditing/certification or food safety training/consultation.
In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 15 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:
- Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 6 hours of workshops each week.
- Medium group teaching: 3 hours of laboratory work each week
- Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures each week.
In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours of self-directed study each week eg. working on coursework assignments.
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Five GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C including Mathematics, English Language and Science, or specified equivalents, and:
- Suitable experience and background from working within the food industry and/or employment and sponsorship from a local authority.
- CIEH Intermediate Certificate in Food Safety or any of their other previous Level 3 qualifications such as the Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering, Food Safety Supervision for Manufacturing, HACCP in Catering, HACCP for Food Manufacturing, Food Safety Manufacturing or equivalents from the RSPH or similar.
- Applicants will be interviewed by course staff members to assess their experience and suitability to study the qualification
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)
- If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
- For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.More detail
We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.
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£5,460 (per year)
£5,460 (per year)
Scholarships and bursaries
We offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries to students at Coventry University to help fund the cost of your study. Eligibility may depend on your circumstances and academic achievement.
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We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.
This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:
UK field tripsAny mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.
Key materialThis can include core textbooks, software and equipment.
Laser prints1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.
Optional yearPay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.
EU student fees
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.
For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
Graduate Immigration Route visa
Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.
Where our graduates work
Graduates of this course can work in a range of environments related to food control, either in ensuring safety standards or enforcement.
What our students say...
Working as a chef I always interested in food safety, but this course changed my life! All tutors have experience in food control so it was great to hear what it is like when you get a job. All the tutors are very helpful and understanding and the course itself is so well organised and fun. It was challenging at times, but it felt great to achieve something I never thought I could. Ait is an amazing course, students very well prepared for what the job is all about.
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The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.