Foundation Apprenticeship
Food & Drink Technologies SCQF Level 6

Combining work-based and classroom-based learning to prepare you for a career in the dynamic food and drink industry.


Why take this course?

The Food and Drink Manufacturing sector is a vibrant and growing sector with high demand for skilled recruits in a variety of roles from food science, product development, marketing and communications, nutrition and wellbeing, HR, packaging, research and design and engineers. 

This course will provide you with valuable sector specific knowledge and skills to support you in securing a career in this dynamic sector.

What you will experience

During S5 you will work towards the NPA in Food Manufacture alongside certificates in Food Hygiene and Health and Safety. The units of the NPA take the learners from the principles of food science and food safety through developing marketable food products for todays consumer to the care, legislation and processes involved in creating these products.

You will study sustainability so you are prepared for the industry challenges of waste minimisation and balancing sustainability and environmental considerations within current manufacturing methods, whilst working towards the industry standard Elementary Food Hygiene and Elementary Health and Safety Certificates. In S6 you will undertake 5 SVQ Level 2 units in the workplace, including:

  • Developing a New Product in a Food Business
  • Promote and Support Creative Thinking in a Food Business
  • Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

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Key facts

Subject area

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for pupils who are working towards grade A or B passes at National 5 level in English and Maths. National 5 Hospitality or Food Technology would be an advantage but is not a pre-requisite.   

Applicants should be prepared to work at Higher level. Suitable Highers to study alongside this course include Higher Business Management, Higher Practical Cookery, Higher Hospitality or a science at Higher level - depending upon your career progression expectations.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are taking part in the course you will be required to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in workshops and classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps


At University

After successful completion of this course, those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


Successful completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship will prepare you for advanced entry to the associated Modern Apprenticeships

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.