Certificate of Higher Education Sustainable Food Production (Fresh Produce)

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Are you concerned about the environment, food security and sustainable development? Do you want to be part of the solution for businesses operating in an increasingly uncertain world?

Fresh plant produce is a vibrant part of the food business sector with a shortage of graduates.

This higher education award, takes a multidisciplinary approach reflecting current and future developments in this sector, offering an insight into production, business and sustainability. The course provides the underpinning knowledge and skills to advance understanding and apply this to real world examples.

The Certificate entry route award may act as a stepping stone to the BSc (Hons) course or facilitate a change of interest and career direction.

These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, modules may be subject to change for the following reasons:

  • Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
  • In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
  • Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
  • The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.

The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.


The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.

UCAS Tariff Points


GCE A Levels

48 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above

Irish Certificate

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher

Scottish Highers

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


BTEC Level 3 Diploma


Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

Dynamic individuals looking to help change the way we feed our growing populations. You will enjoy working with nature and advancing technologies to produce food with a smaller footprint on finite global resources and our climate. You may already be working in the food industry and want to expand and develop your skills or you may be looking to enter the sector, having a genuine interest in food quality and food security and the future of our planet.

This course will give you a holistic understanding of how food systems need to adapt.

The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Case studies
  • Live projects
  • Workshops
  • Course work

The Certificate of Higher Education Sustainable Food Production (Fresh Produce) contains a variety of assessment methods to ensure practical and academic competence.

  • Essays and technical reports
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Presentations - both individually and in small groups
  • Practical assessments
  • Peer review
  • Self-reflection
  • Debates

It is estimated that by 2024, the food and drink industry will need 130,000 new employees and the sector offers a breadth of varied careers that can be for life.

This sector is currently the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, contributing £28 billion to the economy annually and employing 400,000 in approximately 6,800 businesses across the country. A recent Grant Thornton report suggests that on average businesses expect 10.5% of their workforce to retire within the next 10 years, adding to the current shortage and unfilled current positions. This course offers a route into this sector.

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