This course will appeal to those who are serious about a career within the patisserie or bakery sector. The course will compromise of mainly practical aspects in both the bakery and patisserie kitchen with some theory. Work experience, directed study and on-line learning will also be given.
This course is designed for anyone wishing to:
- Gain more knowledge and understanding about the ingredients used in bakery
- Know the processes involved and develop new skills and techniques
- Develop new ideas for innovate bakery products
- Develop effective working practices
The course will combine the practical work with the understanding of how ingredients work together, and how to rectify products that go wrong.
You will learn the importance of weighing and measuring accurately and bake a wide range of goods including:
- Pastry: sweet pastry, choux pastry, shortcrust pastry, puff pastry
- Cakes and sponges: Swiss Rolls, Chocolate cake, and cup cakes
- Chemically aerated goods: Scones and soda bread
- Fermented goods: Flavoured breads, enriched doughs like ice fingers Chelsea Buns
- Biscuits: Shortbreads, Viennese, and Sable
- Use a range of finishing materials to complete the products
- Knowledge of the source of raw ingredients used in bakery, Flour, eggs, sugars and starches, and all the various methods of baking
To complement the practical aspects of the course you will learn how to:
- Store and maintain ingredients
- Food safety in the Bakery
- Packing of bakery ingredients
- Maintaining product quality
- How to work effectively with others
You will be assessed through a mix of written assignments, practical exercises and in class tests. There are no formal examinations on this programme.
Theoretical aspects of the course will mainly be assessed through assignments and short answer questions which are internally marked. Individual practice tests will take place throughout the course.
Four GCSEs Grade 3 or above (GCSE D).
After Your Course
After successfully completing this course, you could progress onto the full-time Level 3 course or a Level 3 apprenticeship.
The Level 3 course is also a hands on practical course, working to develop a new product and will concentrate on all aspects of the management of the bakery and the production schedules, HACCAP and effective team work.
This qualification will enable you to apply for positions in first class establishments with the knowledge that the qualification will enhance your job prospects.
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.
There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2021/22 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2022/23 will be updated in the Spring Term 2022. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
- Have an annual salary of less than £17,374.50
- Were aged 16-18 on 31/08/21 and are not studying at another school/college
- Were aged 19 or over on 31/08/21 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
- Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship
See the Student Money pages for more information.
Student Finance (Degree-Level Courses)
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.
Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.
For further information please see www.gov.uk/student-finance.
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.