Applicants that have completed the Leaving Certificate programme of second level education (with at least a Grade D in Ordinary level mathematics) or equivalent international baccalaureate. Level 5 program of education. If English is not your first language entry to the programme requires or IELTS Level 6 Certification of English language proficiency or equivalent. (English is the language of instruction).
This programme involves one academic year of study over 26 weeks. Lectures are delivered via online mechanisms and laboratory practicals are delivered on-site at TU Dublin Tallaght in one block. The programme provides detailed theoretical and practical education about the microbial risks associated with the processed food and food ingredients sector, and also provides a detailed higher order education on HACCP theory and practice as it applies to the Quality Assurance of food ingredients and in process and finished food products.
The food sector represents a very broad and diverse area of economic activity in this country. It includes the retail sale of food and the traceability and processing of raw and finished food product as well as the processing of all ingredients used in consumer food products including speciality foods and baby formula.
Graduates of this programme can expect to find suitable employment within food retail and processing industries as well as in food ingredients industries. The qualification is ideally suited to those who intend to work in an advanced technical or supervisory/ management role within the industry.
The programme runs one evening a week over 2 semesters.