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Food Science & Technology

The food industry is the largest industry in the world and need highly trained professionals to ensure the supply, quality and safety of food. The study of food science and technology involves the application of basic science and the latest developments in the handling, processing and packaging of food from the farm to the table.

Leading to

Bachelor of Science

(Food Science and Technology)

Careers include

  • Food Quality Assurance Officer
  • Consultant
  • Microbiologist
  • Food Scientist

Your Food Science & Technology Pathway

If you have…

✓ Completed  Year 12 (or the equivalent in your country).

Stage 2 Diploma of Health Sciences

9 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (Food Science & Technology).

Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Stage 1 Diploma of Health Sciences

7 pre-university level units are studied over 2-3 trimesters.

Stage 2 Diploma

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Stage 1 Diploma of Health Sciences Units

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Information & Media Technologies

Specialist Units

  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Human Body
  • Mathematics 1

Stage 2 Diploma of Health Sciences Units

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Health & Health Behaviour
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Indigenous Culture & Health

Specialist Units (Food Science & Technology)

  • Food Nutrition and Principles
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Food Safety Science

Food Science & Technology Diploma of Health Science (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Evidence Informed Health Practice

The role of empirical evidence in making decisions in health practice. Introduction to different types of research methodologies; measurement; observation; data collection; research ethics; bio-statistical analysis; strategies to understand, question and evaluate evidence.

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

Introduction to ethical decision making in the context of professional health practice. Application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university. Introduction to professional requirements which impact on the safety and quality of client centred service/care when working in a health setting. Examination of differences in Australian and international health systems. Students will learn the value of diversity in inter-professional practice through working in teams. Students will reflect on their learning and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.

Health and Health Behaviour

Students will explore the environmental, social, cultural, psychological and biological factors that influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and populations. Perceptions of health, illness and disability and how these shape health decision making will be discussed. Consideration of how theories of health behaviour can be applied to maintaining and improving health and wellbeing. Students will work inter- professionally to identify the key principles influencing health and health behaviour required to deliver safe, high quality client and community centred services.

Human Structure and Function

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

Indigenous Cultures and Health

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Food Science & Technology Diploma of Health Science (Specialist Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Food Nutrition and Principles

Background to the study of nutrition and food science. Australian food and nutrition system, sustainability and security. Global and Australian public health nutrition priorities and strategies. Factors influencing food habits. Past and present Australian food habits. Introduction to food sources and metabolic functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals, and the recommended dietary intakes for these nutrients. Introduction to nutritional status measurement and nutritional standards of reference. Collection, analysis and evaluation of food intake data.

Introduction to Biological Chemistry

This unit is an introduction to biological chemistry for students who have passed CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry. This unit will build on Introduction to Chemistry by providing examples of chemistry with relevance to biological systems. It will relate properties of biological molecules to aspects of chemical bonding to allow identification of their physical and chemical properties. It will further build on your skills in chemical reactions and numeracy developed in CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry and introduce some chemical measurement techniques of relevance to biological systems. It will illustrate the role of functional groups in controlling the function. behaviour and reactivity of organic molecules, focussing on application to biological molecules. The importance of solution pH in many biological systems will be introduced. along with the properties of acids and buffer solutions.

Introduction to Chemistry

This unit is an introduction to the fundamental nature of matter for students who have not previously studied chemistry. Students who have passed WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or equivalent should instead take CHEM1000 Principles and Processes in Chemistry or CHEM1 001 Biological Chemistry. A range of chemical processes that underpin a broad array of disciplines will illustrate the importance of and differences between chemical and mathematical representations of reactions and reactivity. The physical phenomena resulting from bond types and their resulting intermolecular forces will explain the properties of natural and man-made processes and materials. Using examples from nature and biology the role of the certain groups in ascribing reactivity and function of organic molecules will be highlighted.

Introduction to Food Safety Science

An introduction to theory and practical aspects of basic microbiology. Growth requirements of the micro-organisms associated with food poisoning and public health. Food hygiene and safety and the epidemiology of food-borne illness. Food recalls at the local, national and international levels . Chemical, physical and biological hazards associated with food. Parasites, allergens and intolerances related to food. Why specific food poisoning organisms are linked with specific food groups. Contamination from the environment and people within the environment. The importance of cleaning and sanitation within the food industry and an introduction to food law in Australia.

2016 Fees

Australian Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,092 (core)
1,911 (stream specific)
Diploma (Stage 2) 1,470 11,760

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,900 (core)
3,325 (stream specific)
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,090 32,720

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR/UAI 60 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 4 points from 3 GCE A-Level OR 2 points from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) TBC Minimum of 25 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College
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Stage 1 Diploma of Health Sciences
February | July

Stage 2 Diploma of Health Sciences
February | July


Stage 1 Diploma of Health Sciences 
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Stage 2 Diploma of Health Sciences 
2 Semesters (12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake July 2021 (Stage 2) & February 2022 (Stage 1)

Apply now for Diploma of Health Sciences (Food Science & Technology) and you could be on your way to year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Food Science & Technology) at Curtin within 12 months. 

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