Course overview

The Agri-Food Value Chains course enables participants to develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the Agri-Food Value Chain, its main components, and the linkages between them. It also examines the main trends, drivers, and issues within the chain, covering aspects from agriculture and its ancillary industries, through to food retailing and catering, with reference to market structure, government intervention, and international trade.Each topic will be introduced with some interactive online material and downloadable materials that will be available to the participant permanently. There will be a series of online discussions and exercises. Contributions to the discussions will be monitored, and may form part of the assessment. Feedback and contributions from the course convenor or deliverer will be the main source of formative assessment.

This course would have a broad range of applicability to professionals within the agrifood sector, but particularly those involved in food manufacturing, processing, distribution, retail, and catering.

This module is availabe for CPD (£450) or for credit (£700).. Modules taken as CPD can later be converted to credit for a fee of £250.  


Learning outcomes:

As a result of completing this course, you will have developed a robust knowledge of the entire value chain as it pertains to the agrifood sector, with a detailed understanding of individual components as well as the complex interactions between them. Successful completion will enable participants to:

  • Discuss and analyse the structure and components of Agri-Food Value Chains
  • Critically evaluate the main drives of change and historic on-going trends
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the importance of supply chain management with the agri-food supply chain
  • Critically evaluate the key problems of the different sectors and the role of governments and other bodies in the food industry sector

Additional Course Information:

Topics covered will include:

  • The actors within the agri-food value chain
  • Models representing different market structures
  • Food policy issues
  • The rationale for government intervention in food markets, and policy regulatory mechanisms within the food industry
  • Trends in food demand
  • Trends in food supply

Key facts:

Course Dates 04 May 2021
Type/Duration 8 Weeks online
Entry Requirements Graduate level or relevant experience
Credits  10
Cost £700.00
Fee info Discounts available for multiple bookings & CPD version
CQFW Level  7
Course Provider University of Reading
Provider Reference Number APMA109
Course Arrangements Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location Online, University of Reading
Cohort EPTH Cohort
Course Logistics Delivered entirely online through the University of Reading’s Virtual Learning Environment over an eight week period. It is suggested that material is reviewed on a weekly basis, however, participants may vary their speed of learning to suit their own requirements. The course is available to be completed for Continued Professional Development, or with the award of 10 academic credits where participants successfully complete the formative assessment requirements within four weeks of completing the online content.
Tutor Edward Collins

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Contact details:

Contact Name for Enquiries: Fiona Lee or Cathy Crips

Email address:

Telephone Number: 0118 378 3312 or  0118 378 8722

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