Food Manufacture SCQF Level 6

Providing you with an introduction to the fundamental aspects of food manufacturing.


Why take this course?

This NPA gives learners a better chance of gaining employment in the food and drink manufacturing industry, or offers a progression pathway to other qualifications. Learners who successfully complete the NPA may find opportunities to further their career by being employed as team leaders or specialist operatives.

You will gain knowledge and experience of food and drink production and its complex supply chain. Four units will introduce you to the principles of food science and food safety through to developing marketable food products for today’s consumer to the care, legislation and processes involved in creating those products.

What you will experience

During this course you will work towards the following SQA Units:

  • Fundamentals of Food Science
  • Food Production
  • Commercial and Social Drivers
  • Sustainability

You will experience a variety of teaching methods within the classroom and workshop environment.
This course will be delivered at a College campus. By demonstrating a genuine commitment to learning and self-study, you will be supported in developing the following essential skills:

  • Communication skills
  • ICT skills
  • Time management skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Self-evaluation skills
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with others.

Assessment on the course is diverse – mainly open book – and is aimed at developing a broad range of essential and employability skills.

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Key facts

Subject area

Entry requirements

In order to secure a place on this course you should have an interest in areas such as Food Science and Technology and Engineering.  You should have achieved qualifications at National 5 and be able to study at SCQF Level 6.

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.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, and depending on what other qualifications you hold, you may be able to progress towards one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College:

At University

Those with the qualifications to do so may choose to apply for further study at university level.


Many will pursue full-time employment upon successful completion of this course, or go on to secure a position as a Modern Apprentice.

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.