BSc (Hons) Sustainable Food Production (Fresh Produce) at Writtle University College UK
In any trip to the supermarket you will see an exciting array of fruit and vegetables that are able to arrive in our homes through a deeply interconnected global world. This relies on production techniques and global supply chains impacted by economic and environmental factors. Every purchase decision we make has consequences for businesses, our own well-being, societies and the global environment.
The food and beverages is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK and relies not only on successful production systems but also on imports. The graduate job opportunities within this sector are immense and recruiters constantly seek talented graduates who understand the business of production, the much needed resilience of global food systems and consumer trends. Besides the supply of safe, affordable and nutritious fresh products, we all want to have traceable foods that adhere to strict environmental and ethical standards.
This new course, draws on Writtle University College's long history of production know how to produce business-focussed graduates able to think across discipline boundaries - skills valued by graduate employers. The course seeks to prepare students for this essential but ever changing sector. Knowledge of how consumer-led demands and buying habits are influencing the sale of produce in the UK and Europe, the importance of food security, provenance and ethical trade worldwide are all important to understanding future pressures.
Whether you wish to use your skills in UK based commercial enterprises, larger business industries or those that operate on an international scale, knowledge of this important and growing fresh produce sector provides a stepping stone to many varied graduate opportunities that exist in the UK and abroad.
AFTER COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE:
The food and beverage sector is currently the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, contributing an estimated £28 billion to the economy annually and employing 400,000 in approximately 6,800 businesses across the country .
It is widely acknowledged that this sector needs new graduates with a Grant Thornton report suggesting that on average businesses expect 10.5% of their workforce to retire within the next 10 years. Innovation to meet changing consumer needs and behaviours alongside environmental and ethical concerns are essential to deliver growth in trade.
Graduates will be able to enter management trainee roles in a range of enterprises bringing an essential understanding of global value chains being well equipped to apply for graduate training schemes in larger enterprises working within the fresh produce sector.
Employment opportunities include:
- Support to technical managers
- Junior buyer roles
- Food quality and planning
- Fresh produce traders
- Business start-up
Writtle is one of the oldest providers of specialist education in the UK and offers a range of land-based, environmental, animal, design and sport courses at various levels of academic study including Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Further Education, Short Courses and Apprenticeships. We also provide students with the options of being able to study certain courses on a part-time basis.
Writtle University College attracts students locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Our facilities and resources, based on our picturesque campus of approximately 200 hectares, are used to enhance the student learning experience, enabling them to gain both theory and practical skills whilst studying with us.
Writtle has a history for achieving excellence and being recognised a market leader. We have award-winning alumni that have gone on to become leaders in their industry. Our Horticulture and Floristry departments have enjoyed success at events such as Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Chelsea Garden Show and the Ideal Young Gardeners competition.
Writtle is situated on a stunning 220 hectare estate. The unique location of our campus means we are also just two miles from the city of Chelmsford, just 35 minutes from Central London (to the West) and 35 minutes away from the coastal town of Southend-on-Sea (to the East).
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