Summary: This extended degree course is ideal if you wish to study for a university degree but you don’t have the necessary Level 3 qualifications required for direct admission. In the first year of the extended programme, you enhance your knowledge in maths and the fundamentals of biological, chemical and physical sciences. Course details: In the first year of the extended programme, you enhance your knowledge in maths and the fundamentals of biological, chemical and physical sciences. This is the ideal launch pad if you have an interest in a career as a food scientist, food technologist or food engineer. As the world population increases, food technologists are challenged with developing innovative applications in agricultural technology, biotechnology and processing of raw food materials, as well as understanding the link between food, nutrition and health. The work is varied, stimulating, challenging and offers excellent career prospects. Currently over one million people are employed in the UK food industry, which is worth around £75 billion to the gross national product. Almost every food item you see in the supermarket will have had some input from a food scientist, food technologist or food engineer during its development. With an in-depth knowledge of agricultural food production, the raw food materials and how these can be handled, processed and packaged, such professionals ensure that the food offered to consumers is safe, nutritional and meets legal health and safety standards. As well as requiring technical skills, their work may include business development, marketing and management. Starting salaries for graduate food technologists can be as high as £26,000, increasing to £65,000+ when a senior level is reached (prospects.ac.uk, 2015). After the course: This course has been designed to meet the requirements of the Nutrition Society's Public Health Nutrition accreditation requirements. The broad base of the course offers a wide variety of career opportunities in nutrition and health promotion, the food industry and teaching, for example. If you have an interest in dietetics, the course provides a basis for entry to professionally accredited postgraduate courses.