Course overview:

UK Food Law – The Basics will introduce you to the UK’s laws and regulations governing food production, transport, retail, and consumption. Through a series of online lectures and engagement in forum-based seminars, you will build a robust understanding of food legislation, beginning with the evolution of food laws in the UK throughout its history. This overview will provide context to modern developments. It will lead you to explore the foundations of modern food legislation and their place within the overall structure of legal requirements placed on the food industry.

After completing the course, you will have an excellent understanding of current legislation, know where to find and interpret laws relating to your profession, and participate in (and contribute to) the development of future UK food law. Given the foundational importance of the law to the entire length of the food supply chain, this course will be of direct use to professionals in any aspect of the agrifood sector. It will benefit their activities and that of their employer.


Learning outcomes:

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate how sustainability plans imposed by their own business or those around them will impact raw material quality.
  • Be able to recommend changes and improvements to the sustainability plan for their business.

The following transferable skills will be developed in this course:

  • Critical evaluation of data from a variety of sources
  • Effective communication of scientific information in oral and written format with scientific rigour
  • Debating skills
  • Knowledge of UK food legislation, its origins, overall structure and critical components
  • Knowledge of the legal requirements which are imposed on the food industry

Topics covered:

In providing the basic background information and knowledge of UK food law, this course will cover the following topics:

  • Historical development of UK food law
  • Current policies and procedures
  • Main elements of current UK food law

Assessment methods:

The course will consist of five weeks of distance learning material, including video lectures, guided reading, interactive workbooks and online discussion boards delivered by experts in the area. Discussion and feedback will take place through the Virtual Learning Environment associated with the course and e-mail.

Blackboard Multiple choice question tests used during distance learning delivery. Questions related to video lectures and directed reading contribute 20% of the course mark. Written assignment (2000 word report): individual assignment. Contributes 80% of the course mark.

Self-assessment multiple choice question tests used during distance learning delivery.

Key facts:

Course Dates 26th February 2024
Type/Duration 4 Weeks online
Entry Requirements Graduate level or relevant experience
Cost £850
CQFW Level  7
Course Provider University of Reading
Provider Reference Number FZMR12
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
four-week period, it is suggested that material is reviewed every week; however, participants
may vary their speed of learning to suit their requirements.The course is available as Continued Professional Development or with the award of 5 academic
credits for participants completing a postgraduate programme*.*please contact the EPTH office if you wish to complete the module for academic credit.
Tutor Dr David Jukes

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Contact details:

Contact Name for Enquiries: Fiona Lee or Cathy Crips

Email address:

Telephone Number: 0118 378 3312 or  0118 378 872

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