Aroma materials of natural and synthetic origin
Split into two definitive sections, this ‘go to’ module provides the information you need for both natural and synthetic aroma materials. It will give you a thorough account of the raw materials you’ll encounter in the aroma trades today, as well as some key materials from history.
In Part A, you’ll discover the farming methods and extraction techniques for a wide range of essential oils. You’ll also focus on the oils themselves, exploring odour qualities, their chief applications, and practical considerations such as storage.
In Part B, you’ll learn more about the manufacturing techniques used for synthetic aroma chemicals, with specific focus on the important alpha/beta pinene and toluene groups. You’ll also look into the materials, covering all the functional groups used in the aroma trades with each chemical shown in molecular form, detailing its stability, odour qualities, and usage.
Also issued with this module are specially-commissioned essential oil monographs, by IFEAT medal holder and world expert, Brian Lawrence, covering four key essential oil groups used in the creation of flavours and fragrance: floral, spice, citrus and herbal.
“Modern architecture is based on novel computerised design techniques, alongside in-depth knowledge and understanding of the properties and application of both traditional and contemporary construction techniques and materials. This is true of the creative process used by Flavourists and Perfumers in the development and application of flavours/fragrances. Intimate understanding of the building blocks is at the heart of the creative process.”
— Dr Tony Curtis, ICATS Principal Tutor
What is included
Studying with ICATS gives you ultimate learning flexibility. With no assignment hand-in dates or fixed exam at the end of the year, you’re free to work through your course modules at your own pace.
As an ICATS student, you’ll have the support of a tutor. Experts in their subjects, your tutor will guide you throughout your studies, giving you advice and research approaches for your final dissertation.
ICATS Learning Pack
All the course materials you’ll need are included in your ICATS Learning Package: workbooks, textbooks, monographs and sensory kit.
Focus on Industry
Whether you’re in a creative, evaluative, analytical, or sales role, this comprehensive module contains all you need to know about the materials you’re working with on a day-to- day basis.
You’ll learn about the journey of essential oils, from plant to bottle
You’ll appreciate the chemistry, odour/organoleptic qualities, and application issues for over fifty essential oils, and over a hundred synthetics
You’ll understand the manufacturing processes for both natural and synthetic aroma materials, and how they can be adjusted for different applications and client requests
Combine units and become Certified
Foundation science and mathematics for the Aroma Trades
Odour and Flavour language
Flavour creation and evaluation
Fragance creation and evaluation
Application of flavouring materials in flavoured products
Application of aroma materials
Safety, Regulatory and Environmental Issues in the Aroma Trades
Operations, Logistics and Quality Assurance in the Aroma Trades
Business Environment and Marketing in the Aroma Trades
New Product Development in the Aroma Trades
Project management and the briefing process
Financial and management issues in the aroma trades
Research methods and dissertation proposal