Level 3 Diploma Food Science and Nutrition

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

Have you ever wondered about any of these questions?

  • What happens if we don’t follow food hygiene regulations?
  • How do you know something is cooked and safe to eat?
  • Which foods are “bad” for us?
  • Could fizzy drinks ever replace water?
  • Should we eat more in the winter?
  • Can vitamin tablets replace fresh fruit?
  • How can you make sure that when you cook a meal, everything is ready on time?
  • How can you make a dish look attractive?

Maybe you already know the answers, but would like to find out more, or share ideas with others.

If you enjoy working with food and experimenting with ingredients, learning new skills and may wish to work in one of the biggest industries in the UK, then this course is for you!

Sandbach College at Sandbach High School Entry Requirements

We ask that all students achieve grade 4 or equivalent (a Level 2 pass) in at least 4 subjects, alongside the following subject specific entry requirements:

  • Level 2 pass at GCSE level 


  • Grade 4 in GCSE English

What will I learn on this course?

You will develop an understanding of food science and nutrition and the impact of food and nutrition on the lives of individuals and on society today. You’ll learn how to identify hazards and minimise risks when producing food to meet the nutritional needs of specific groups. You’ll gain detailed knowledge of the different properties of nutrients, how the body processes nutrients and how nutritional needs change over time. You will learn to plan complex dishes and in depth dietary plans to meet the nutrition needs of specific individuals. Learners can carry out practical tasks, and demonstrate their flair and precision and analyse results and draw sound conclusions from their findings.

Examinations & Coursework

The qualification is assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework.

Potential career paths

There are many different careers open to you with a background in food. It is not just working in a kitchen, catering or working on an endless production line. Potential careers include: dietician, environmental health officer, food chemist, food scientist, food stylist, food photographer, food product development manager, farming, home economist, hotel and restaurant

manager, marketing and advertising executive, health professional, microbiologist, nutritionist, recipe developer, teacher, radio and television, chef,

research and development executive, sports nutritionist…the list goes on and on! Needless to say, there are many opportunities in the industry. The food industry is the biggest manufacturing industry in the UK and one of the country’s major employers. There are many university courses that are food based, and this course feeds directly into these courses.

Enrichment opportunities