Food Safety, Inspection and Control BSc (Hons)


Course Code

UCAS Code: D600
International Code: HLSU253


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Start date

September 2023

We are reviewing this course for 2023-24 entry and the validated module information will be added shortly. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

This course has been designed for people who have a passion for food safety, inspection, regulation and global food developments and want to make a difference to the quality of the food we eat.

The Food Safety, Inspection and Control BSc (Hons) encompasses a variety of food issues with both a UK and international focus. Designed to meet the needs of the food industry and regulatory agencies, it covers skills including how to assess food safety risks, advise on food hygiene and safety, inspect food and food premises, and understand and apply legislation relating to food. Successful students will:

  • Meet the academic requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) syllabus towards the completion of the Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC).
  • Be competent in the analysis, interpretation and presentation of scientific data.
  • Develops graduates with the skills and capabilities to inspect food and food premises and recommend actions and legal enforcement measures
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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • This course incorporates the academic content of the Higher Certificate of Food Control, the baseline qualification for food hygiene and standards, official controls and the inspection of food premises within the UK
  • We use simulation to develop the skills you will need in industry, for example preparing and presenting a court prosecution case.
  • Expert staff and guest lecturers who have or are working practitioners bring the subjects to life using real life examples and scenarios. Our current industry and local authority experienced teaching staff aim to bring a range of professional and research experience to their teaching. Having worked as food scientists, public and environmental health professionals and nutritionists for both governmental and local councils as well as working in the food industry, they maintain links with major external organisations to ensure you receive up-to-date information and help you begin to establish your professional networks along with ensuring highly specialised guest lecturers2 from areas such as Animal Health Protection Agency, Port Health Authorities and Pest control officers are brought in to offer a range of specialists on the course.
  • Our multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in food safety, inspection and analytical techniques.
  • Joint 3rd for graduate prospects in Food Science - The Complete University Guide 2022
No. 12

for Food Science in

The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

How you'll learn

The course utilises a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and practical skills sessions in the maintenance and improvement of food quality and safety, for example, food microbiology laboratory sessions, food processing sessions and practical kitchen inspections.

These will be taught in our SuperLab and in the kitchen, where you can work with a range of ingredients and use food processing equipment. We also incorporate the use of specific nutrition-based software, such as Nutritics and shelf life assessment software such as ComBase.

Formative and summative assessments provide you with feedback to ensure that you are supported in your learning. A teaching and learning approach including asynchronous materials, online synchronous and face to face sessions will delivered via the virtual learning environment.

Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Individual assignments

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

International experience opportunities

Food safety practice takes place in higher education institutions, regulatory bodies and industry throughout the world. This international perspective is reflected in a number of modules on the course, which deal with issues of global importance, such as epidemiology and food borne illness, food fraud, food inspection and global food security and sustainability.

There may also be opportunities for you to apply to spend your optional enhancement year in an international setting2. In addition, there are may also be opportunities to attend an international food safety conference2. The course may also provide the opportunities for online collaboration with overseas institutions on a joint problem-based learning assignment.

Throughout my three years at Coventry my tutors have been very supportive and encouraged me to achieve my best work. The course has included some brilliant guest lecturers and it has been a privilege to meet and learn from some giants of industry. The Alison Gingell Building has cutting edge facilities and is a great place to study or just hang out with fellow students. Coventry has an amazing library that runs lots of support sessions to underpin your learning and there is a huge amount of online material available to access.

Barbra Will, current student, quoted in 2022
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Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023 entry

Requirement What we're looking for
A Level BBC to include Biology or Chemistry. Excludes General Studies.
BTEC DMM in the BTEC Level 3. Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Chemical Science related subjects.
IB Diploma 30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level.
GCSE requirement Minimum five graded 9-4 including English, Maths and a minimum of two Science subjects.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

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.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international foundation year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Biosciences will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

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 no component lower than 5.5.

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.

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Fees and funding

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


This course is taught at the Coventry University campus, primarily in the Alison Gingell building4.



Our state-of-the-art SuperLab can hold up to 250 students at one time and has facilities for cell and microbial culture and equipment for microscopy, DNA, RNA and protein extraction and analysis.



specialist equipment

Analytical Chemistry Suite

The Analytical Chemistry Suite is a dedicated space for chemistry-based teaching. Students can complete ‘wet’ chemistry and preparatory work, complemented by a comprehensive suite of analytical equipment which includes ICP-OES, uHPLC, HPLC, Fluorescence Spectrometers, UV Spectrometers, GC, and GC-MS.

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Kitchen facilities

You will use the kitchens for a variety of tasks where you develop understanding of food processing relevant to industry and local authority food inspection, including how risks are controlled, such as sous vide, investigating gas analysis of modified atmosphere packed products, and conducting a mock kitchen Inspection.

Careers and opportunities

This course is designed to meet the needs of the food industry and regulatory agencies by covering skills including how to assess food safety risks, advise on food hygiene and safety, inspect food and food premises, and understand and apply legislation relating to food.

We aim to share knowledge about how technologies will aid the food quality assurance process, and the problems of maintaining a sustainable global food chain. In addition, there will be opportunities for you to develop skills in problem solving, teamwork and effective communication that may be applicable to non-discipline specific graduate career routes. The course includes the academic content for the CIEH accredited Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC). This must be supplemented with a Competency Development Portfolio (which may be completed during an appropriate placement year or after graduation) and professional discussion to meet the requirements of the CIEH (additional costs may apply).

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

The course 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. There are a wide range of food safety management and technical management roles that are available to students within the food industry as well as local authority or government bodies such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Graduates of this course have the opportunity to work in a range of environments related to food control, either in ensuring safety standards or enforcement.

I did a placement, which allowed me to further my education. I think it’s important to further your confidence in a competitive environment. 

William Tutt, current Food Safety, Inspection and Control BSc (Hons) student, quoted in 2021
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How to apply

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Food Control CertHE

  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University 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.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.