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Diploma of Food Science and Technology

FBP50118

Diploma of Food Science and Technology FBP50118

Course Overview

Become a qualified Food Testing Manager with the Diploma of Food Science and Technology.

In this course, students will apply existing industry skills to learn what it takes to work in a management role in technical or quality departments, overseeing the production of:

  • General food processing
  • Meat
  • Seafood
  • Poultry including chicken meat and egg processing
  • Dairy processing
  • Confectionery
  • Beverages
  • Baking and cereals

This course is designed for people who are already employed full-time in the Food Processing industry (there is no industry placement provided).

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course is designed for those wishing to seek employment in the Food Processing industry including:

  • Food Technologist
  • Production Manager
  • Food Testing Manager
  • Quality Systems Manager
  • Food Safety Systems Manager
  • Product Development Team Leader
  • Processing Systems Manager
  • Environmental Manager (Food Processing)

Further Study

After graduating, students might like to undertake further study at the university level, in a course such as the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science.

Course Dates & Times

Online Campus

Blended Online - Starts on 4th July - online with residentials / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
$8,381.00
2. Full Fee
$12,876.00
Course Materials
$1,221.00
Student Services Fees (per year)
$85.00

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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This course is in transition. The course code, title, units and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Enrolling students must be employed full time in the food processing industry.

Technology requirements:

  • Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection
  • Webcam for Microsoft Teams meetings
  • Headset
  • A second monitor is beneficial when studying virtually but is not a requirement
Core Units
BSBWHS401
Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
FBPFST4004
Perform microbiological procedures in the food industry
FBPFST5002
Identify and implement required process control for a food processing operation
FBPFST5005
Examine the biochemical properties of food
FBPFST5006
Apply food microbiological techniques and analysis
FBPFST6001
Develop, manage and maintain quality systems for food processing
FBPFSY4001
Supervise and maintain a food safety plan
FBPFSY5001
Develop a HACCP-based food safety plan
FBPTEC4007
Describe and analyse data using mathematical principles
MSL975038
Conduct sensory analysis
MSMENV472
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
FBPCHE5002
Produce acid-coagulated soft cheese
FBPCHE5003
Produce a range of rennet-coagulated cheeses
FBPCHE5004
Produce acid and heat coagulated cheese
FBPFST5004
Specify and monitor the nutritional value of processed food
FBPFST5010
Implement and review the preparation of milk for processing
FBPFST5023
Implement and review the production of milk fat products
FBPFST5025
Implement and review the production of concentrated and dried dairy products
FBPFST5027
Implement and review the production of milk and related products by the membrane system
FBPTEC4002
Apply principles of food packaging
FBPTEC4004
Apply basic process engineering principles to food processing
FBPTEC4005
Apply an understanding of food additives

Assessments are conducted during on-campus workshops and in student workplace setting.

Assessment methods may include:

  • Practical skills
  • Written assessment tasks (written answers, assignments, reports and projects)

This program does not provide, or include, industry placement.

Dylan Liu

The course runs over 18 months. Students are employed full-time in the food processing industry and are enrolled in this course part-time.

Classes are made up of 7 separate one-week (5 days) residential blocks. Students also complete an estimated 5 hours per week of online guided self-paced learning over 60 weeks.

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face and online sessions and scheduled appointments with the Trainer and Assessor.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Learning support

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We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

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Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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