University College Birmingham

Food and Consumer Management BSc (Hons) Top-up

University College Birmingham
In Birmingham

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Typology NVQ
Location Birmingham
Duration 1 Year
Start Different dates available
  • NVQ
  • Birmingham
  • Duration:
    1 Year
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    Different dates available

This one year top-up BSc (Hons) course is designed for you if you hold a relevant qualification and are looking to develop a management career in the food and consumer industries.
The course is designed around a strong core of management, consumer and food studies and focuses on strategic and developmental aspects of management.
Product and quality management is featured as is the exploration of the retail environment. You also have the opportunity to complete a research project/dissertation on a topic of your choice and you can also select an option module.
The food and consumer industry offers a wide range of career destinations. Whether it is designing and developing new products, marketing, retailing and publicising food, or working in consumer services or education, this qualification will give you the relevant skills.
Why should I choose this course?
By taking this top-up, you can continue to develop your academic and practical skills in preparation for a successful career within the industry.
You will continue to learn about food commodities through practical application and development work.
You will examine current trends within the industry such as health, food availability, food security and the rise in food costs.
You will work in our new Science and Food Innovation Suite, which features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology alongside state-of-the-art kitchen facilities.
Well-developed links with industry are reflected in the design and delivery of this course.
Industry-led projects and assignments have a strong industrial focus.
Teaching and assessment
Learning experiences include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, research-based assignment, industrial-based assignments, experiential work, business simulations, live projects and the opportunity to your own experience as part of the learning process.
The assessment regime for this degree has been designed to develop and demonstrate academic knowledge and...

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Birmingham (West Midlands)
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Summer Row, B3 1JB


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· Requirements

Entry requirements Applicants must have a relevant HND with a Merit profile or a foundation degree with 240 credits. If you have any queries please contact Ben Furlong:

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josh adkins
5.0 15/10/2018
What I would highlight: I have learned a lot here and It helped me a lot in correcting mistakes.
What could be improved: Everything was OK.
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What you'll learn on the course

Quality Training
Strategic Management
Quality management
Product Quality

Course programme

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Research Project
You will have the opportunity to engage in an independent research project of your choice. You will have support with preparing your proposal and understanding the competent characteristics of good research. An appointed tutor will help guide you through this important and rewarding process.
Strategic Management
This module examines the discipline of strategic management as it addresses the overall long-term direction to be taken by an organisation. The module adopts a structured approach to the full range of strategic management issues inherent in determining corporate strategy within a dynamic global environment, whilst addressing the key issues associated with the analysis of direction, choice and implementation and control of strategy. Analytical tools associated with strategic management are assessed in the context of service sector-based case studies. This module is not simply about the acquisition of facts to reach a final outcome or conclusion. Rather it is about learning a procedure or technique, encompassing everything that is taught on the programme, in order to identify those threats and opportunities facing an organisation long-term in its bid to develop successful planning strategies.
Product and Quality Management
You will explore, analyse and assess the process of product development and quality assurance from inception through to testing, launch and sale. You will look at the production of new good and services within the industry, considering elements such as globalisation and sustainability. Food quality is vital to customer satisfaction and safety, so you will examine quality management systems together with risk analysis.
Consumer and Retail Management
Who are the 'Big Four'? Why is food retailing so competitive? What factors affect our food supply? Understanding how retailers operate is vital for anyone working in the food industry to ensure they develop viable products which are appropriate for sale. This module introduces the students to the retail industry and the environment it operates within and develops specific managerial principles and practice associated with retailing, linking it to management. It builds on students' knowledge of marketing and consumer behaviour and applies it to food retailing. Their ability to investigate and evaluate the role and power of the consumer with particular reference to commercial retail organisations is challenged and further developed, providing an opportunity to identify and evaluate the interface between commercial objectives and constraints and consumer needs and expectations.
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Brand Management
The most valuable assets that a company has are the brands that it has invested in and developed over time. You will be given the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to succeed in the management of complex brands and look at how brands are viewed, built, managed and measured to ensure superiority and sustainability.
International Marketing
We live in an interconnected world, so it's important to examine how organisations explore new market opportunities beyond national boundaries. As a result, you will become more aware of the technological, communication and transportation challenges businesses face and the options they consider when seeking a foothold in a new country.

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