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Faculty of Science and Technology
Self-financed Programmes

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Food Science and Safety

Programme code ST125202

Duration of Study
Entry to Year 1: 4 Years
Entry to Year 3: 2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)

(Core modules would be conducted at THEi (Tsing Yi) and some General Education (GE) modules at other campuses.)

Planned Places
Year 1: 20
Year 3: 30
Average Result of Admitted Students in 2020 (Note 1)
Entrance Requirements
Entrance Requirements for Year 1:
Level 3 or above in the HKDSE English Language and Chinese Language; AND Level 2 or above in the HKDSE Mathematics, Liberal Studies and one Elective Subject; OR Equivalent*.
Remarks :
  1. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose. Only the results of relevant ApL subjects will be considered in the application for Degree programmes. Relevant ApL subjects include: Food and Beverage Operations, Western Cuisine.

*Upon completion of the Diploma of Vocational Baccalaureate (DVB) Programmes, students can progress to degree programmes in VTC, subject to their BTEC and IGCSE results.

Entrance Requirements for Year 3:
Higher Diploma OR equivalent qualifications in a relevant area of study.
  1. Additional core modules may be required (with fee charged) for sub-degree graduates according to the educational background of individuals.
  2. All applicants are screened and selected by an Admission and Interview Panel. All interviews are conducted in English.
  3. For enquiry please contact Faculty of Science and Technology (Telephone No: 2176 1505).
Programme Aims
The Programme aims to equip graduates with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in food science and safety, including food chemistry, nutritional science, food microbiology, food sensory and evaluation, food engineering and quality control and food safety management.  A broad spectrum of these modules are designed to well facilitate students competency to perform effectively in the food, nutrition and catering industries as well as to solve the technical problematic issues related to the field of food science and safety.  It will also provide students with generic management skills, work integrated learning either in local or overseas food and related industries for strengthening their employability in the competitive community.
Career Prospects
Graduates can pursue career in the government departments or food and nutrition-related trade businesses.  Careers include food development research, quality assurance and testing, food law enforcement and global food chain supply and tracing.  They can accumulate experience and be promoted to management, such as food processing plant managers, hygiene managers of International chain hotels, and other managerial positions.
Graduates are able to articulate the post-graduate degree programmes in field of Food Science and Technology, Food & Nutritional Science and Food Engineering in local and overseas universities.
Professional Recognition
The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and is recognised by the Qualifications Framework (QF).  This programme has been also approved by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) of the Hong Kong Government. Successful completion of this course graduates, their qualification have been covered and exempted from the examination to obtain the registration of the Hygiene Manager under the scheme of Hygiene Manager and Hygiene Supervisor, FEHD.  Graduates are entitled to apply for membership of the Hong Kong Food Professional Association, Hong Kong Food Hygiene Administrators Association, International Food Safety Association, Hong Kong Food Science and Technology and Institute of Food Technologists, USA.  They may also apply for the Certified Testing Professional (Food Testing) under the Professional Certification Scheme for Testing Personnel, administered by the Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification (HKTIC).
  1. Average result in 2020 refers to average score of the best 5 HKDSE subjects, including English Language, Chinese Language, Mathematics, Liberal Studies, and one elective subject of admitted students in 2020 for reference only.
    (Scoring scale: 5**=7 points; 5*=6 points; 5=5 points; 4=4 points; 3=3 points; 2=2 points; 1=1 point)
  2. Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.