BSc/BSc (Hons) Food Bioscience Pathway

GCU Pathways

Pathway students enrol on the undergraduate BSc/BSc Hons Food Bioscience at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the first two years, you will study HND Applied Biological Sciences at Glasgow Kelvin College while preparing for year 3 and 4 (for Honours) of the degree at GCU.

BSc (Hons) Hons Food Bioscience graduates enjoy excellent food related career prospects in food manufacturing and production, food safety, research, development, marketing and as a food nutritionist or advisor.

Choose the Food Bioscience study pathway if:

  • you are interested in health, nutrition and food production
  • you want to be part of the growing food manufacturing industry
  • you enjoy hands-on practical lab work
  • you work best with lots of interaction from lecturing staff
  • you like working towards clear goals with a sense of achievement at the end of each year of study.
Although you are a student enrolled on the BSc/BSc Hons Food Bioscience programme at Glasgow Caledonian students, years 1 and 2 of the programme will take place at Glasgow Kelvin College.

The first 2 years will involve you working towards achieving an HND in Applied Biological Sciences and the subjects you study will underpin the teaching at Glasgow Caledonian University in year 3 and 4 of the degree. In year 3, the students focus on food and nutrition modules whereas in year 4 the students undertake an industrial placement, a research project and a food toxicology module.

The programme is designed to prepare students for a career in the food and food related industries. The programme, which is unique in Scotland, incorporates a combination of lectures, seminars and practical skills to provide this underpinning knowledge. According to the food and Drink federation '[The UK food] sector directly employs almost 440,000 people, and as many as 1.2 million in ancillary services; it accounts for 15% of the UK's total manufacturing sector by value; and it is an invaluable partner to British agriculture, buying two thirds of what farmers produce.'

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date




BSc/BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Aug 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc/BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Aug 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher: BB or equivalent plus Chemistry, Biology, English and Maths National 5 (minimum B)

Please note: Pathway courses are for Scottish domiciled applicants only.


Progress to year 3 with HND Applied Biological Sciences with AB in the graded units.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

College-based: tbc
GCU-based: £1,820*

*Scottish and EU student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

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Careers prospects are excellent and include working in food manufacturing, food production, food safety, research and development, marketing and as a food nutritionist or advisor.