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Diploma of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management
Course Code: AS201

Diploma of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management

Level: 7

Awarding Body: National University of Ireland, Galway.

Entry Requirements:


Entry Requirements


































Leaving Certificate Subject Requirement: 2 H5s + 4 O6s/H7s


Applicants are required to have an established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with at least two H5s and 4 O6s/H7s.

Subject Requirement:

-          Irish, English, Mathematics

-          A laboratory science subject (inc. Agriculture Science)

-          Any two other subject recognised for entry purposes

There are also opportunities available to students via non-standard entry progression routes including mature entry and Access.


Changes to the Leaving Certificate Grading System for 2017:


Higher Level Grade

Ordinary Level Grade

H1 (90 - 100)

O1 (90 - 100)

H2 (80 > 90)

O2 (80 > 90)

H3 (70 >80)

O3 (70 >80)

H4 (60 > 70)

O4 (60 > 70)

H5 (50 >60)

O5 (50 >60)

H6 (40 > 50)

O6 (40 > 50)

H7 (30 > 40)

O7 (30 > 40)

H8 (0 > 30)

O8 (0 > 30)




2 years (full-time).

Special Entry:

Special Entry:

St Angela's College Access programme (4 places)

HEAR (2 Places)

FETAC (4 Places)

FETAC Requirements

Award Code

Essential FETAC Modules

Level Required

Previous Code


Food Science

Distinction in 5 or more modules.



Laboratory Techniques.

Distinction in 5 or more modules.


Next Intake:

September 2017

Programme Overview

The Diploma of Applied Science is aimed at students with a strong interest in nutrition, food and new product development as well as students who are interested in developing a diverse range of entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. The course in Nutrition, Food and Business Management is designed to enable participants to develop a sound understanding of the food production and consumption process with particular emphasis on the pivotal role of the consumer. The food industry requires graduates that are capable of undertaking analytical procedures, filling technical roles and have the critical skills that are essential in product development and review. Consequently, this course aims to achieve a balance between academic study and practical experience.


The Diploma of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management is a 2 year, level 7 Diploma. In Year 1 students will study a variety of introductory modules including Food Preparation & Culinary Skills and Science which consists of practical classes underpinned by theoretical lectures. Further areas of study include Nutrition, Diet and Health, Finance, Marketing, Business Management and ICT.

In Year 2 students will build on the foundation knowledge of Year 1 and will undertake study in the areas of Nutrition through the Life Cycle, Food Science & Applied Culinary Skills, EU & Irish Food Legislation, Industrial Scale Food Production, Human Resource Management and Consumer Behaviour.

This course will be assessed through a combination of Semester Examinations and Continuous Assessment.

This course will be assessed through a combination of Semester Examinations and Continuous Assessment.

Career Opportunities

This programme will enhance students’ knowledge and skills within these areas of nutrition, food technology, food innovation and entrepreneurship, food safety management and auditing.  The course is ideal for individuals who are considering setting up their own food business, artisan food producers or individuals seeking employment within the food industry.

Progression Route: Level 8 Honours Degree in Nutrition, Food & Business Management.

Downloads & Other Information

Undergraduate Prospectus

Contact Details

Niamh Finnegan
Home Ecomomics Department,
T: 353 71-9135650

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