BSc (Hons) Food Science Pathway

GCU Pathways

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

BSc (Hons) Food Science 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 Science 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 Science pathway course at Glasgow Caledonian University, years one and two of the course will take place at Glasgow Kelvin College.

The first two 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 three and four of the degree.

In year three, the focus of the course is on food and nutrition modules and in year four you will undertake an industrial placement, a research project and a food toxicology module.

The course is designed to prepare you for a career in the food and food-related industries. The course, 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

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
1 Year
Aug 2022
GCU Glasgow
BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Aug 2022
Multiple Locations
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 1 Year Aug 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Aug 2022 Multiple Locations Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BB or equivalent   Nat 5: B(Chemistry, Biology, English and Maths)

Progression criteria
Progress to year three with HND Applied Biological Sciences - graded units AB

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

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.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

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

Annual full-time tuition fees

College-based: This information will be available from the college itself
GCU-based: £1,820*

*Scottish 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.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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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.