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Programmes

Food Health and Business Management

HIGHER DIPLOMA IN Food Health and Business Management

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP503 Year 1 & 2, Higher Diploma (HD)

DFS Application Code: HP 82-402@

HD Application Code: HP 83-503

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Public awareness of the importance of health is increasing. People are now concerned more about the quality of their diets in relation to good health. Modern diets have moved forward from nutrient adequacy to preventive nutrition. There is a global trend towards healthy eating and consuming dietary supplement and functional foods for health and disease. This trend has resulted in a higher demand for the food industry and nutraceutical business to market more reliable, effective and trustworthy products, which in turn has created a need for graduates who are specialised in both food studies and business management. There are many opportunities for well-trained food professionals with relevant background in business management to be employed by the food and health industries.

 

Programme Aims and Features

  • Equips students with the knowledge underpinning food science, nutrition and business management, as well as the skills needed to work in the fast moving and competitive food industry and health food business, such as accounting, marketing, statistics and practice of management;
  • This programme is unique in its interdisciplinary approach by integrating new topics such as new food product development, functional foods and nutritional supplements;
  • This programme emphasises on practicality and provides an integrated curriculum that blends different applied aspects of food science into the curriculum. Practical classes are held in a well-equipped food and nutrition laboratory;
  • In addition to formal classes, learning experiences outside the classroom such as practicum and site visits to local or overseas catering companies and food factories will be arranged. Students can therefore be better prepared for their careers upon graduation;
  • Guests seminars will be arranged for academic progression and career advancement. Local and overseas scholars or food and nutrition practitioners will be invited as speakers to provide useful information about studies pathways, work experiences and careers preparations;
  • Each student will carry out an integrated food research and development project in the final year. Through practice, students will be able to master the key elements of food development planning and perform innovative food research to a professional standard.

 

Opportunities for Further Studies

Programmes offered by local universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Food Science, General Business or relevant disciplines offered by local (including HKU) universities. The list below shows the UGC-funded degree offers that our graduates/ students received in the past*:

  • The University of Hong Kong
    BSc Information Management
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BSc Community Health Practice
    BSc Public Health
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BBA Business Operations Management
    BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    BA (Hons) Applied Ageing Studies and Service Management
    BBA (Hons) Management

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

Programmes offered by overseas universities

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Food Science, General Business or relevant disciplines offered by overseas universities:

  • Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition, The University of Ulster (UK);
  • Full-time, final-year, BSc (Hons) Food Marketing Management, Sheffield Hallam University (UK);
  • Full-time, Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics / Bachelor of Nutrition Science, Queensland University of Technology (Australia) (graduates can have credit exemption).

 

Career Prospects

Graduates may develop careers in any food industries such as food manufacturing, food product development, health food products retail management, food marketing and sales; and to explore career opportunities at junior supervisory level in business management and administration in related fields.

 

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Apple Daily 13 July 2014

 

Applicants will need to attend the Diploma in Foundation Studies programme (Business – Management) (HP 82 – 402), and must satisfy all conditions specified by the programme administration before applying for admission to this 2-year Higher Diploma programme.

2-year Higher Diploma Programme

HKDSE

  • Level 2 or above in 5 subjects^ (including Chinese Language and English Language);

OR

HKALE

  • Pass in one AL subject or 2 AS subjects in the HKALE; AND 3 passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;

Applicants whose HKDSE / HKALE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Higher Diploma programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in Foundation Studies programme@.

OR

  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme, Certificate in General Studies Programme, Pre-Associate Degree Programme or Foundation Programme qualification; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

 

^ Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: “Attained with distinction” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 of the HKDSE Examination.

* Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE subject pass.

Applicants will need to attend the Diploma in Foundation Studies programme (Business – Management) (HP 82 – 402), and must satisfy all conditions specified by the programme administration before applying for admission to this 2-year Higher Diploma programme.


Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and have relevant work experience will be considered by the College.

 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme@

HKDSE

  • Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language; AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects#^;

If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

OR

HKCEE

  • 3 passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;

OR

  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

 

Applicants will need to attend the Diploma in Foundation Studies programme (Business – Management) (HP 82 – 402), and must satisfy all conditions specified by the programme administration before applying for admission to this 2-year Higher Diploma programme.

Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.

^ Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: “Attained with distinction” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 of the HKDSE Examination.

* Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE subject pass.


Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and have relevant work experience will be considered by the College.

 

Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking
  • College Writing / Foundation English
  • Foundation of Chinese Language / The Science of Everyday Life
  • Chinese Language Enhancement / Western Images of China
  • General Mathematics
  • Elements of Business
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture

 

Higher Diploma Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Daily Life Applications
  • Information Technology and Applications
  • Introduction to Food and Nutrition
  • The Science and Technology of Food
  • Cost and Management Accounting 1
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Basic Chemistry for Biological Sciences

 

Higher Diploma Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Nutritional Sciences
  • Practical Chinese*
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Safety and Management
  • Food Marketing
  • Diet, Health and Disease
  • New Food Product Development
  • Functional Foods and Nutritional Products
  • Principles and Practice of Management

 

* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.