• August
  • Full-Time
  • Hospitality
  • HNC (SCQF Level 7)


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Intro to the course:

24,600 chefs are employed in Scotland, with an average salary of £32,700 for a head chef position. Skilled pastry chefs are in high demand, with an estimated 11,000 vacancies predicted across the UK in the next year. Helen Vass, winner of Bake Off: The Professionals is part of the teaching team.

HNC (SCQF Level 7)

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Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to develop a career in cooking and pastry. It will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or take their first steps into the industry.

What will I study?

This course is for aspiring pastry chefs who would like to develop their skills and knowledge in professional cookery and kitchen management. The course includes specialist units in accommodation operations, front office management, specialist food and beverage services, and events and conferences. 

You'll learn through work placement, group work, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

How will I be assessed?

Ongoing assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

This course will give you an outstanding opportunity for a successful career in the industry. Not only will you be taught by Helen Vass, winner of Bake Off: The Professionals, you'll gain work experience in top restaurants, and learn from some of the best pastry chefs in Scotland who'll also connect you into the industry.

This course is one of the most sought after in the college, and you should apply early to avoid disappointment.

Where can this course lead?

This course prepares you for work in the hospitality and catering industry as a pastry chef at supervisory level.

What are the entry requirements?

One or more of the following: 

  • Minimum of 2 Highers and 3 National 5 passes at 3 or above 
  • NC Professional Cookery at SCQF level 5 or 6 
  • SVQ Professional Cookery at SCQF level 5 or 6 
  • Equivalent recognised qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6 
  • Relevant work experience 
  • If English is not your first language, ESOL at an appropriate level or IELTS or equivalent with an entry score of 5.5 or above Acceptance may depend on interview

What are the interview arrangements?

One-to-one or group interview with lecturing staff.

For more information on this course and to speak to a member of our team email admissions@slc.ac.uk

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