• Science

    Food Science Professional Development Award

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    This course runs on a Tuesday evening between 6.00pm - 8.00pm for 32 weeks. These times include a period for shut down procedures at the end of the night.

  • Start Date

    Sep 2023

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements apart from interest in Science.

Biology OR Chemistry OR Physics at Nat4 or above, OR relevant previous experience of Science will be advantageous.

What's involved

Upon completion of this evening course, you will receive a Professional Development Award (PDA) in Food Science. It is a highly practical course consisting of 2 biology and 2 chemistry units that would cover microbiology of foods, food analysis, and food composition amongst others topics.

The assessment includes: practical assessment with associated written reports, maintenance of a technical lab diary, and written end of unit exams.

Go Anywhere

This course will provide you with the knowledge that could help you on your journey to becoming a scientist. The successful completion of this course would allow you to progress onto HNC Applied Science (SCQF level 7) at the Ayrshire College or to seek relevant employment in scientific and food industries.

The PDA is the equivalent of one advanced higher so it will facilitate your entry to the university, specifically you will be able to apply to Glasgow Caledonian University to study Food Science.



Some of our courses are eligible for Part Time Funding Grant (PTFG), Individual Learning Account (ILA) or Fee Waiver, depending on individual circumstances. For further information on funding go to our Funding and Fees tab on the right.

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Start Date

Sep 2023

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