Bachelor of Science with Honours
Ulster University Business School
Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20
Make your mark in the multibillion-pound food and drinks industry by focusing on the core business management skills needed for commercial success.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 (to include subject requirements) plus A Level Grades CC
RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (inc. course if appropriate) / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate (inc. course if appropriate) (2016 Suite)
Award profile of M (to include subject requirements) plus A Level Grades CC
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.
Overall profile of 55% in Level 3 modules (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access Course)
Overall profile of 45 credits at merit (60 credit Access Course) (GB Access Course)
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 or above in English Language.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Fees for entry in 2023/24 have not yet been set. See our tuition fees page for the current fees for 2022/23 entry.
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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.