• » Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Culinary Arts and Food Technology

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Culinary Arts and Food Technology
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_GFOOD_B
    Duration  1 Year add-on  
    Standard Code Places:  32
    National Framework Level  8
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQI
    Is this Programme for Me?
    The BSc (Hons) in Culinary Arts and Food Technology has been developed in collaboration with industry representatives to provide industry with multi-skilled graduates who can play a leading role in competing successfully in an increasingly competitive and global market. A key element of the programme is a structured internship or European study abroad opportunity to enable students apply their skills in an education and research setting or in the workplace. 
    In the recent past the retail food sector has moved away from an emphasis solely on convenience, shelf-life and mass production to a food chain that recognises consumer choice, food trends, clean labelling, the use of natural preservatives and emphasis on flavour and taste.  A focus on product liability, food standards and an increasing public interest in health and nutrition have also resulted in commercial demands for graduates who are competent in the areas of Food Production Methods, Food Science and Technology, Food Safety, Food Quality, Nutrition, and Business and Management.
    The course is aimed at students with a strong interest in food and food product development, nutrition and health and are interested in developing a diverse range of entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. 
    Student learning will focus on key skills associated with Food Product Development, Food Processing Innovation, Strategic Management, Food Marketing and Consumer Behaviour and Research Skills.
    Programme Delivery
    This programme uses the resources of both the School of Tourism (Killybegs) and the School of Science (Letterkenny). 
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Access to this programme is on successful completion of the BSc in Culinary Science – Food Technology or Bakery and Confectionery Technology.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/SemesterProposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     4/7  Specialised Kitchen and Larder Elective  10  6
     Specialised Chocolate, Sugarcraft and Sugar Art Elective   10  6
     Consumer Behaviour and Marketing Decisions  Mandatory  10  5
     The Food Product Development Process Mandatory  10  6
     4/8  Food Products – Design and Development Mandatory  10  7
     Strategic Marketing Management Mandatory  10  5
     Quality Assurance & Food Regulatory Affairs Mandatory  10  5
    Learning Outcomes
    Having completed this programme, the graduate will be able to:
    • Demonstrate and critically evaluate specialised artistic skills, scientific knowledge and competencies, as appropriate for the holder of an honours degree in culinary arts with food technology.
    • Evaluate and analyse the choices concerning the visual, organoleptic, textural and nutritional qualities in the selection of commodities and culinary processes in producing and presenting food.
    • Recognise the roles of science and gastronomy and appreciate the historical and contemporary influences on culinary arts and food consumption.
    • Demonstrate an appropriate expertise in visual thinking skills and be able to communicate visual concepts effectively.
    • Critically apply the food science and technology principles to the development of new and innovative food products.
    • Demonstrate best practice in terms of health and safety at work, food safety and general work practices to British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard. 
    • Evaluate appropriate processing and packaging options for food production, storage and distribution.
    • Illustrate entrepreneurial flair in product or process design, and have confidence to explore new business opportunities.
    • Apply marketing techniques to contribute to the marketing strategy of an organisation from market research to promotions and sales.
    Career Opportunities
    This course will provide huge opportunity for the graduates as they will have the skill sets to work in new product development or innovation in either large existing food companies or in entrepreneurial situations.
    How to Apply
    This course begins in September each year. How to Apply
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