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Degree - Honours Bachelor

Food, Business and Technology

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT
Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT
Course Code
AL856
Career Zone
Level
NFQ Type
Major
Duration
4 Years
Attendence
Full Time

Course Summary

This 4 year degree develops Honours level graduates in food business and technology. The B.A. (Hons) Food Business and Technology is the only food business degree in the Midland’s region and has been designed in conjunction with large local employers. The food industry represents an important sector of the Irish economy. For example, the agri-food sector has an annual turnover in excess of €26bn, employing over 42,000 in processing alone. Food ingredients have driven the growth in Irish food and drink exports in recent years. In the past two decades, exports have more than doubled from €5.6 billion to €12.6 billion. Food processing and manufacturing is an exciting and multi-disciplinary area, which requires skills and competences in business, science and technology.

Course Details

College Link > AL856 - Food, Business and Technology

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Career Sectors

This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.

Entry Requirements

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QQI FET/FETAC Links

This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.

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The Student - Career Interests

This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.

Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

Career Progression

Food manufacturing is a major employer in the Midlands region with a large number of companies in Offaly, Laois, Longford and Westmeath employing 100+ (e.g. Carroll’s of Tullamore, Panelto in Longford, Carty’s in Athlone, Glenisk in Tullamore). We have worked with many local employers to ensure this course offers all the skills needed for a successful career as a manager in a food manufacturing and processing operations in food business and technology.

Further Research

Qualifax
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