Taught course

Food Safety and Food Legislation (a route to the Higher Certificate in Food Control)

University of Birmingham · Department of Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

There are no formal entrance requirements for the Certificate of Higher Education in Food Safety and Food Legislation. However, Candidates will be expected to have either formal or experiential knowledge of the rudiments of food hygiene and food safety.

Typically candidates might have a City & Guilds 706 plus several years experience in catering and /or manufacturing role; a Level 3 (Intermediate) or Level 4 (Advanced) Food Hygiene Award from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (or other equivalent). Candidates who are unsure whether their experience will be appropriate should contact the course co-ordinator to discuss the matter.

The University reserves the right to limit entry to those whom the programme tutors consider will benefit from and successfully complete the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

We offer a part-time qualification at undergraduate level in Food Safety and Food Legislation.

A Certificate of Higher Education in Food Safety and Food Legislation is a qualification issued by the University after successful completion of 120 credits of work in approved modules. 60 credits are studied in the first year at a level equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree and the final 60 credits are studied in the second year at a level equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree.

Chemical Engineering is dynamic and evolving. It provides many solutions to problems facing industries in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, oil, energy and food and drink sectors. It is vital to many issues affecting our quality of life; such as better and more economical processes to reduce the environmental burden, and more delicious and longer lasting food due to the right combination of chemistry, ingredients and processing.

Birmingham is a friendly, self-confident, School which has one of the largest concentrations of chemical engineering expertise in the UK. The School is consistently in the top five chemical engineering schools for research in the country. It also has a first-class reputation in learning and teaching, and regularly ranks highly in league tables.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Daniel Edwards