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Advanced dairy technologist

Developing and producing dairy products from raw materials, including milk from cows, sheep and goats. Products include liquid milk, cheese, ice cream and powders.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


5 (equivalent to foundation degree)

Typical length
36 months
Current funding band
Up to £27,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have:

  • GCSE English and maths at grade C or above
  • an A level or equivalent qualification, or experience in the dairy industry
What apprentices will learn
  • chemistry and microbiology of milk, and how processing can affect its properties, quality and safety
  • understanding production processes, and how to operate and manage them
  • range of dairy unit operations such as filtration, pasteurisation and fermentation
  • good manufacturing and laboratory practices in dairy manufacture
  • analysing, testing and trialling products
  • legal and regulatory standards for health and safety, food safety and hygiene
  • project management
  • developing new products and processes

Foundation degree in dairy technology

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

Apprentices will be eligible to apply for membership of the Society of Dairy Technologists

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
Occupational Awards Limited 01235 432 032
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.