Food Industry Skills

BTEC Level 2 Diploma

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Our Food Industry Skills course is designed to help students learn all the fundamental basics across all food production methods and key supporting functions. There are opportunities to learn in a practical working environment at our own onsite cheese-making facility, as well as in work placements at various local food manufacturers.

You will gain practical food skills and knowledge in areas such as:

  • Mixing
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Finishing and presenting food products
  • Hygiene, safety and quality
  • Employability and enterprising skills
  • Food industry knowledge 

Work Experience

Study programmes include a minimum of compulsory work experience hours achieved through one day a week or block placements. The amount of hours required is dependent on the study programme. 

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Industry Work Placement

All students aged 16-18 on our Level 2 & Level 3 programmes will now have to take part in an exciting and compulsory 50-day industry placement programme alongside completion of their vocational course. The programme will give you the chance to gain valuable skills in a real working environment whilst being paired with your ideal employer.

Our mission is to pair students with their ideal employer and to support them continuously during the placement.

There is flexibility on how students complete the placement; it can be during non-college weekdays, weekends, in blocks or over the holiday period. You will receive all of the necessary information during your interview, and if you have any queries in the meantime please contact


Course details

Dates & Location



1 year

Entry Requirements

  • You’ll need to have achieved 2 or more GCSEs between Grade 9-3 (previous grade structure grades A*-D)
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 course, having studied English, Maths and Science at GCSE Level

Mature students without the above requirements will be considered


You'll have access to our Dairy Processing Unit, our own onsite production unit where we pasteurize milk and produce various cheeses, yogurts and ice-cream. As well as this, we also have access to a fully functioning bakery. 

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