Taught course

Food Control

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A*-C including Mathematics, English Language and Science, or specified equivalents, and:

  • Suitable experience and background from working within the food industry and/or employment and sponsorship from a local authority.
  • CIEH Intermediate Certificate in Food Safety or any of their other previous Level 3 qualifications such as the Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering, Food Safety Supervision for Manufacturing, HACCP in Catering, HACCP for Food Manufacturing, Food Safety Manufacturing or equivalents from the RSPH or similar.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by course staff members to assess their experience and suitability to study the qualification

Months of entry


Course content

The safety and authenticity of the food we eat and the hygiene of food premises that prepare and serve food are of paramount importance. This is reflected in the work of the government agencies, regulatory bodies and local councils that have responsibility for monitoring and enforcing food safety standards.

Individual food producers, suppliers and catering outlets also require appropriate knowledge and understanding of the legal requirements and their responsibilities to the communities they serve.

If you have a passion for food safety then this could be the course for you, as the CertHE in Food Control has been designed for those who wish to become Food Safety Inspectors or Auditors by covering the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s (CIEH) Higher Certificate in Food Control (HCFC) qualification. Entry is available for those who have experience of working in the food industry or have sponsorship or employment within a Local Government Environmental Health Department. The academic content of the HCFC must be supplemented with a practical logbook prepared during a minimum of 6 months practical training, plus a professional interview for competency with the CIEH. Although the university does not provide the placement position for the experiential logbook requirement, the University's Employability Support Team will assist where possible, in supporting students in contacting local authorities and in applications for placements.

Coventry University is ranked as the Modern University of the Year in the Guardian University Guide 2017, and our state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge food safety, inspection and analytical techniques.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • CertHE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Lisa Winna