Food Business and Retail Management

BSc (Hons)

2023/24 Full-time Undergraduate course

Award:

Bachelor of Science with Honours

Faculty:

Ulster University Business School

School:

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Campus:

Coleraine campus

UCAS code:

ND01
The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20

Start date:

September 2023

With this degree you could become:

  • Category Management - retail
  • Commercial Management
  • Consumer Behaviour Analyst
  • Marketing - Strategic
  • Retail Manager
  • Supply chain management

Overview

Make your mark in the multibillion-pound food and drinks industry by focusing on the core business management skills needed for commercial success.

Summary

Did you know Food and Drink is a £5 billion industry in Northern Ireland and is the region’s largest manufacturer? With the government backing strategy to invest in sales growth to worldwide markets this course has been designed to create managers and leaders with the skills needed to respond to significant opportunities and challenges faced by the industry.

Covering the key aspects of supply chain management, consumer behaviour and marketing you’ll learn how to exploit market opportunities and understand the key activities required to create competitiveness in the food and drinks industry.

The course content has been specially aligned with the needs of industry. You’ll investigate and learn to interpret consumer behaviour, why do people make the choices they do when they shop? As well as cover consumer rights and law. You’ll also study practical elements such as supply chain and retail management, people management and accounting studies and get to flex your creative flare with media creativity and marketing. Develop business plans and conduct an e-business strategy. With content covering the entire supply chain through to retail management you’ll get a holistic view whilst having the flexibility to determine your interests in the varied value supply chain.

You’ll get the chance to discover how consumers shop and how that impacts future products and business using our virtual reality Consumer Insight Lab as well as look at consumer preferences for a product via our award-winning Food and Consumer Sensory Testing Suite (FACTS). Our facilities will help create a real-life learning environment so you will be ready to take your commercially-focused skills and apply them to your workplace upon graduation.

With the opportunity to take a placement year in year three you will also get the chance to put your theory into practice within industry. We have strong networks with industry and will keep you up to date with opportunities available in a variety of roles.

Whether you want to work for top national supermarkets or help develop and grow artisan local and family businesses to elevate them to the next level this course will give you the skills for success in the food and retail chain.


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About this course

Attendance

The duration of the full-time course is either three or four years, with a paid 48-week placement option, during the third year. The structure will enable successful students to graduate with BSc (Hons) Food Business and Retail Management or, for students selecting to undertake the placement year, a BSc (Hons) Food Business and Retail Management with a Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or a Diploma in Professional Practice international (DPPi). During the third year students can also opt to undertake a study abroad year and, if successful, will be awarded a Diploma in Area Studies (DIAS) on graduation. The course is modular in design, full-time students normally undertaking modules in each academic year to the value of 120 CAT points, thus obtaining 360 CAT points in total to obtain the honours degree. The course design is compatible with the Credit Accumulation and Transfer system: each module represents 20 credit points so that 120 credit points are obtained each year where the student successfully completes all the modules. The DPP/DPP(I) are associate awards being awarded with the Honours degree. The Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) and DPPI represents 60 credit points at Level 5 and the Diploma in Area Studies 120 credit points at Level 5. The course design also offers options at Level 6 to allow students to tailor choice towards their preferred career goals.

Start dates

  • September 2023

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Assessment is via a mixture of exams and coursework.

You’ll get the opportunity to present to real life businesses – a fantastic opportunity to hone your presenting and networking skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to put together an e-business plan simulating real life work scenarios.

Our well-established networks mean we will regularly have guest lectures from successful local and national businesses coming in to share their success stories and lessons learnt.

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until near the start date and may be subject to change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days of attendance will often be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Masters courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be via one method or a combination e.g. examination and coursework . Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have four learning outcomes, and no more than two items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6 (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Masters degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (20%) or Lecturers (55%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) by Advanced HE - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise.  The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff.  This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2021-2022.

Coleraine campus

Accommodation

A laid-back campus at the heart of a global tourist attraction.

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Sports Facilities

Our Campus in Coleraine boasts a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities that are open all year round to students and members of the public.

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Student Wellbeing

At Student Wellbeing we provide many services to help students through their time at Ulster University.

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Coleraine Campus Location

Campus Address

Ulster University,
Cromore Rd,
Coleraine
BT52 1SA

T: 02870 123 456

Standard entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

A level

Grades CCC

Applicants may be able to satisfy the requirement for one A-Level by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

Applied General Qualifications

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2012 Suite)

Award profile of DMM

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2016 Suite)

Award profile of MMM

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2012 Suite)

Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade C

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2016 Suite)

Award profile of MM plus A Level Grade C

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma (2012 Suite)

Award profile of M plus A Level Grades CC

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate (2016 Suite)

Award profile of M plus A Level Grades CC

Irish Leaving Certificate

96 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of five subjects (four of which must be at higher level) to include English and Maths at H6 if studied at Higher level or O4 if studied at Ordinary Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate UCAS Equivalency

International Baccalaureate

Overall profile is minimum 24 points (including 12 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall profile of 55% (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access Course)

Overall profile of 45 credits at merit (60 credit Access Course) (GB Access Course)

To include a 20 credit Level 2 Mathematics module, passed at 40% or successful completion of NICATS Mathematics as part of the pre-2021 Access Diploma.

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 in English Language and Mathematics

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.
Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Application of Number will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE Maths.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Candidates may be interviewed as part of the selection process and mature (or non-traditional students) students not having the general entry requirements may be admitted on the basis of APEL.

Careers & opportunities

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Category Management - retail
  • Commercial Management
  • Consumer Behaviour Analyst
  • Marketing - Strategic
  • Retail Manager
  • Supply chain management

Career options

The food industry is N. Ireland’s most successful industry, driving the local economy and contributing substantially to every area.

This proposed programme is targeted at people interested in a career in this dynamic and growing food industry and employees seeking to progress in their careers, in both food producers and retailers.

You’ll be prepared for a range of employment opportunities with organisations across Ireland, the UK and beyond with organisations such as Tesco, Lidl, Dale Farm and Moy Park.

The commercially-focused skills set embodied in the programme are in high demand by employers as noted from the industry engagement conducted; and this demand is anticipated to increase in a post COVID19 and Brexit marketplace.

Work placement / study abroad

You will have the option of a placement year in your third year of study where you can choose to work for industry and put what you have learned to practice whilst discovering your strengths and interests in the job market.

The satisfactory completion of placement leads to the award of Diploma in Professional Practice/ Diploma in Professional Practice (International) upon graduation. Alternatively, you can opt to complete a period of study abroad. During this period, you spend two semesters in an educational institution, which will provide exposure to alternative business cultures and protocols and enhance your personal and professional development. Successful completion of the placement leads to the award of the Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS) upon graduation.

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Start dates

  • September 2023

Fees and funding

2023/24 Fees

Fees for entry in 2023/24 have not yet been set. See our tuition fees page for the current fees for 2022/23 entry.

Additional mandatory costs

It is important to remember that costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges) and normal living will need to be covered in addition to tuition fees.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses (in addition to tuition fees) we make every effort to highlight them above. We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals, as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free Wi-Fi are also available on each of the campuses.

There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as a part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs, as well as tuition fees.

See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.

Contact

Course Director

Professor Geoff Simmons

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7514

E: gj.simmons@ulster.ac.uk

Admissions

Joanne Warke

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3259

E: j.warke@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3333

E: global@ulster.ac.uk

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