Chartered Manager (Food & Drink Operations & Manufacturing) Degree Apprenticeship

The course

Shaped by major food industry employers, this degree offers a strategic overview of this innovative and fast-moving industry. The course aims to provide students with specialist knowledge of food factory processing and automation, management, quality assurance and new process development.

It focuses on the operations management of food manufacturing in local, regional and global food supply chains and considers the impact of economic and environmental drivers on food markets, while providing modules designed to develop key skills in leadership, critical analysis and creative thinking.

This course can be studied at Foundation (FdSc) or Bachelor’s (BSc) level. Both courses are offered on a part-time basis and are run predominantly through distance learning. Students typically complete the Foundation course in two and a half years and have the option to enrol on level three of the Bachelor’s degree, following a short bridging course, to pursue more in-depth study for an additional two years. Direct enrolment on to the Bachelor’s degree is available for students who meet the entry requirements.

Applications should be made direct to the University using the part-time application form:

How You Study

Our programmes are a combination of on-the-job learning and part-time study at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, with delivery consisting of attended learning through block release and distance learning study. The courses aim to provide comprehensive work-based training schemes for people wishing to develop their career in the food manufacturing industry, complemented by ‘off the job’ learning to develop the supervisors, managers and technologists of the future.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships offer high quality workplace training complemented by part-time, flexible degree level study. NCFM’s Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6) are 4 years in duration and embed a BSc (Hons) degree, whilst Higher Apprenticeships (Level 5) are 2.7 years and embed a Science Foundation Degree. These are often used to aid progression into the Degree Apprenticeship. As well as completing the relevant degree, apprentices must attain (or already hold) Functional Skills in maths and English at Level 2 and successfully complete the independent Apprenticeship Endpoint assessment at the end of their Apprenticeship. NCFM’s degrees are delivered through a blend of distance learning and block release attendance with apprentices normally attending the campus for 3 week blocks of 1 week duration a year.



Level 2:

Level 3:

  • Advanced Business Improvement and Productivity (Core) Find out more
  • Advanced Commercial Relationships and Negotiation Skills (Core) Find out more
  • Advanced Food Sector Business, Finance, People and Performance (Core) Find out more
  • Holistic Margin Management (Core) Find out more
  • Managing Supply Chain Relationships (Core) Find out more

Our Team

Apprentices are supported by a qualified team, with years of food industry experience between them who have the welfare and success of our apprentices at the heart of everything we do. Whether you are a sector professional returning to education after a number of years or you have recently left education and are newly embarked on a food industry career - you are in safe hands.

Entry Requirements 2019-20

GCE Advanced Levels: CCC

A foundation degree, BTEC Diploma/Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Merit, Advanced Apprenticeship in Food Manufacturing or a related subject with be considered Vocational and Professional qualifications will also be considered. Ideally, candidates will have been employed in a managerial or supervisory role in the food manufacture or related industry.

In addition, applicants must have at least 2 GCSEs in Maths and English at grade C or above. Equivalents are accepted for example Functional Skills Level 2 or IELTS.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Career Opportunities

The University of Lincoln aims to provide apprentices with a sought-after combination of industry experience, technical knowledge and skills to prepare them for a range of career opportunities which will be dependent upon the chosen Higher or Degree Apprenticeship pathway. Students who choose Food Science and Technology can develop the skills and knowledge needed to be a leader in technical and quality management or in new product and process development. Food Engineering students have the opportunity to develop the technical knowledge needed for a successful career in a sector which is highly automated. Food Manufacturing Management apprentices can specialise for an operations management role spanning a range of areas, including factory or supply chain management.


The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is based in Holbeach, in south Lincolnshire. This food manufacturing technology hub provides specialist facilities and industry-standard equipment, including analytical laboratories with a test kitchen and sensory testing suite, a technician training centre and processing facilities.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

How to Apply

Applications are usually made directly through an employer's website. There are a number of useful sites which can help with finding apprenticeship opportunities:

GOV.UK Appenticeship Search

UCAS Careers Apprenticeship Search

National Centre for Food Manufacturing

Chartered Manager (Food & Drink Operations & Manufacturing) Degree Apprenticeship

Duration: 4 years

Study options: Work-Based Learning

Degree Level Apprenticeship

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