MCAST Advanced Diploma in Food Technology

MCAST Advanced Diploma in Food Technology

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MCAST Advanced Diploma in Food Technology
Course Code TC4-01-16
MQF Level Level 4
Duration 2 years full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST Diploma in Applied Science


MCAST Diploma in Mechanical Engineering


MCAST Diploma in Engineering (Electronics)


4 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes

Preferred: English, Mathematics, Home Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Design and Technology


Other Entry Requirements
Course Description The food and beverage industry is a progressive sector which requires a number of highly skilled technical people to cope with constantly changing customers demands and new innovative production technologies. In such companies food technologists monitor day-to-day manufacturing activities; ensure that safety and quality standards are met; improve existing products and design new and innovative foods and drinks.

The Advanced Diploma in Food Technology is a multidisciplinary programme offered across four institutes and includes topics on food analysis, product manufacturing, food safety, cost accounting and product design. The programme provides learners with the opportunity to gain knowledge, about the industry and insight fo the relevant tools an skills through work-based elements and practical based modules. This programme prepares learners for employment within SMEs as well as medium to large organizations that produce a range of food and drink products.


Study/Course Delivery During this two-year programme learners will follow 19 units of study. These will be delivered across four different institutes. Learners will follow a structured taught programme that will consist of class-based lectures, practical work and industrial visits. Work placements will be carried out during  both academic years in a food and beverage company.
Assessment All units within this programme are locally assessed through a number of formal assessments. For each unit of study a limited number of assessments (between 2 to 4) will also be carried out by learners to provide evidence of their learning. Learners will be assesed on their knowledge, skills and compenteces they have attained through various modes of assessments which include practical assessments. Furthermore, learners will be assessed by designated tutors during their workplacements.
Programme Learning Outcomes At the end of the programme the learner will be able to:

1. Understand how food and beverage organizations operate.

2. Understand the importance of food safety and apply Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles.

3. Apply scientific methods and use fundamental scientific principles to food manufacturing problems.

4. Assist in the development of new innovative food and beverage products.


Core Study Units
  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the food and Beverage Industry
  • Food Chemistry and Nutrition
  • Safe Food Handling & Applied Microbiology
  • Process Engineering for Food Technology Specialists
  • Product Manufacture
  • Food Innovation
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Food Analysis
  • Decontamination Techniques
  • Product Design
  • Food Processing and Preservation
  • Cost and Profitability Estimation
  • Project
  • Work based Module
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
  • Mathematics
  • Information Processing and Statistics
  • Entrepreneurship 1
  • Entrepreneurship 2


Optional Units
Progress After Completion
Career Opportunities
  • Food technologist
  • Food microbiologist
  • Food product development technologist
  • Production supervisor
  • Quality assurance technician