Food technology

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A passion for food can lead to a wide range of career opportunities, working in hotels, restaurants, or tourist venues. There is a range of career paths — in engineering and manufacturing, agriculture, research, nutrition and health, environment and sustainability, logistics, audit and legal, retail sales and customer service, as well as catering and hospitality, leisure and tourism.

The UK food systems employs almost 4 million people, that’s about 14 percent of the national workforce, in a huge range of exciting and rewarding – often global - roles. 

Applied and job-related learning

There is a range of vocational qualifications (such as BTECs, NVQ/SVQs and Diplomas) linked to an interest in food technology including:

  • hospitality and catering
  • food science and technology


There is a range of apprenticeships linked to food technology, such as:

  • food and drink including bakery, dairy, confectionary, butchery, e.g. artisan baker, food technologist
  • hospitality catering, e.g. chef, sous chef, pastry chef
  • hospitality management, e.g. deputy general manager, front office manager
  • food manufacturing and processing, e.g. production manager, new product development technologist
  • travel & tourism, e.g. cabin crew

Academic subjects – such as A levels  

  • You can study design & technology: food,  design & technology: food technology*
  • Related subjects include biology, human biology, chemistry, business studies

*AS and A levels in food and food technology subjects will not be available after 2016.  If you're thinking of going on to university/higher education to study subjects such as food science or food nutrition, you may want to consider studying science subjects. Check the entry requirements for any degree courses you are thinking about doing.