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  • Start date:   August 2019
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
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    SCQF Level:   07


The HNC in Food Science and Technology is designed to enhance knowledge
while preparing students for employment in a scientific or technical capacity in the food and drink industry.

Start Date: August 2019
Days of Week:   Wednesday
Time: 1.00-7.00pm
Duration:  2 Years
Cost: £600

You can download an enrolment form here

  • What will I study?

    The course will prepare you to develop a career as a food scientist, or a food technologist, including:

    • How to provide accurate nutritional information for food labelling
    • Investigate ways to keep food fresh, safe and attractive
    • Find ways of producing food more quickly and cheaply
    • Test the safety and quality of food
    • Developing new and innovative products

Entry requirements

  • One pass at an appropriate Higher Grade preferably Chemistry or Biology plus three Standard Grades at band 3 or above/Intermediate 2/National 5 in relevant subjects
  • One pass at appropriate Higher Grade preferably Chemistry or Biology plus passes in three NQ Course Units in relevant subjects at SCQF level 5 or above
  • An appropriate group of National Certificate Units at SCQF level 5/6 such as the NQ Food Science and Technology
  • Other equivalent qualifications or practical experience
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    Where it leads


    There are several opportunities possible for progression to Degree courses at University. Advice on this can be provided to candidates.


    Opportunities with Organisations such as: Food manufacturers Drink manufacturers Retailers Supermarket chains Research establishments Local authorities Universities

There is an interview required for this course. Applications and enrolments will be treated on a first-come basis. Due to the high demand, early interest is recommended.

Fees, Finance and Funding

ITA update

Individual Training Account funding has now been closed to new Applicants as of 7th December 2018. Applicants should be able to apply again from April 2019, subject to Skills Development Scotland making new funds available. For more information on ITA and the rules and regulations surrounding them please visit


What options do I have for paying my course fees?

West Lothian College accept payment in full for all part time courses by Cash, Card, Bank Transfer or Cheque.


In response to the unforeseen withdrawal of ITA funding, West Lothian College have put in place an option for students to pay their course fees by instalments. This can be discussed with our Student Advice team at the time of your enrolment, and they will explain all the options and terms and conditions to you.


If you have any further questions or queries please contact Student Advice by email on


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