What does a food scientist do?
Food scientists develop and test different foods, making sure they are safe for humans to eat. You would use scientific techniques to:
- provide accurate nutritional information for food labelling
- investigate ways to keep food fresh, safe and attractive
- find ways of producing food more quickly and cheaply
- test the safety and quality of food
What do I need to do to become a food scientist?
You’ll need to have an HND or foundation degree in food science or food technology. An undergraduate degree in food science or a related subject is highly desirable.
To get on a food science higher education course, you usually need at least two A levels, including one (possibly two) science subjects. You also need five GCSEs A-C, including maths, English and science.
Level 3 qualifications in a relevant vocational area may also be accepted (e.g. Diploma in Applied Science) – check with universities.
- A levels, including one/two science subjects
Vocational routeLevel 3 qualifications in a relevant vocational area
- HND or foundation degree in food science or a related subject
- Undergraduate degree in food science or a related subject