SCQF Level 7
Professional Cookery, Hospitality, Retail and Events

Course Overview

This is a full-time course over the academic year.  The course is designed to further develop the skills you may have gained in NC bakery or City & Guilds level 2 Cookery and allow you to develop advanced skills in a professional pastry kitchen. We will also consider applicants who have some relevant experience in the industry and perhaps want a formal qualification.

You will gain skills in complex chocolate, marzipan and pull and blown sugar work. You will create menus and original recipes for our training restaurants in the evening. You will also learn to supervise the entire dessert and sweet service in a live restaurant.  You will learn how to minimise the risk of allergens and modify dishes to meet the specific nutritional needs of individuals. Other units include prepare, cook and finish complex bread and dough products, prepare, cook and finish complex cakes, sponges, biscuits and scones prepare, cook and finish complex pastry products.

This course will give you the hands-on skillset you need to succeed in further pastry and confectionary training at the next level of your development. You are encouraged to find employment during your course to further develop your skills and put into practice what you have learnt. You will take part in a practical skills test as part of the interview process.


What You Will Learn

  • Maintain food safety in a kitchen environment
  • Team working
  • Prepare, cook and finish complex bread, dough and pastry products including -cakes, sponges, biscuits and scones
  • Prepare, process and finish complex chocolate products
  • Prepare, process and finish marzipan, pastillage and sugar products
  • Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment 

Placement Information

There is no mandatory work placement attached to this course but it is expected that you will already be gaining some experience within a professional kitchen to support your studies.   

Entry Requirements

  • NC bakery or City & Guilds level 2 Cookery or equivalent
  • We will also consider applicants who have some relevant experience in industry and perhaps want a formal qualification

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed

  • Open book
  • Closed book
  • Port folios
  • Projects
  • Practical observations

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

Applicants will be invited into college for an information session and a skills test

Progression And Articulation Routes
Career Opportunities

  • You can expect to gain employment as a pastry chef at a senior commis or junior chef de partie after completing this qualification

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 31/08/2020
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 18/06/2021
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