• August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Hospitality
  • SCQF Level 5


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Intro to the course:

If you have watched The Great British Bake Off and think that you would like to make a living from baking, then this is the course for you. In this course, you will learn bakery skills and processes which includes making cakes, pastry and learning patisserie techniques. You will learn how to make different types of bread, rolls and viennoiserie to a commercial standard. Barista skills will also be offered to learn how to make the perfect coffee! You will learn through groupwork, practical classes, theory lectures, industry visits and guest speakers. All the above skills will put you in good stead to work professionally in this exciting industry.

SCQF Level 5

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Who is the course for?

This course is suited to those who are looking to take their baking to the next level and become professionally trained.

What will I study?

• Craft Baking: An Introduction (Level 4) • Bread Making: An Introduction (Level 4) • Cake Decoration: An Introduction (Level4) • Pastry (Level 5) • Craft Baking (Level 5) • Prepare and Produce Dough Products (Level 5) • Post Baking Processes (Level 5) • Measuring and Mixing (Level 5) • Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry (Level 5) • Hospitality Costings (Level 5) • Information and Communication Technology (Level 5) • Flour Confectionary Processes (Level 6) • Pastry (Level 6) • Barista Skills (Level 5)

Next step course options

HNC Pastry (Level 7)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is ongoing through the course and there are written open and closed book assessments. Practical abilities are assessed on a continuous basis and all practical activities are evaluated in student logbooks.

Why should I choose this course?

If you are passionate about being a professional pastry chef or baker, this course will set you up for a successful career in the industry. This is a good time to enter the bakery industry with many opportunities available both in the UK and internationally. This course will give you the experience and skills you need to progress to a higher-level course or into a professional role. You'll gain valuable work experience including making food and afternoon teas for our on-site commercial restaurant, The Study, and in top restaurants. Our teaching staff are experts from the sector, and they use their industry connections, experience and knowledge to secure industry visits, and to prepare you for interviews. This will give you the best possible chance to progress to the HNC Pastry programme or secure employment in the industry.

Where can this course lead?

This course leads to employment within the bakery and hospitality industry as a pastry chef, baker, confectioner or cake decorator. This is a career where international opportunities are abundant.

What are the entry requirements?

One or more of the following: • 3 suitable National 5, Intermediate 2 or General level Standard Grades including English and Maths or equivalent. • NPA in Bakery at SCQF level 4 • Equivalent recognised qualification • Relevant work experience in the baking or food industry • Acceptance may depend on interview.

What are the interview arrangements?

One-to-one or group interview with lecturing staff

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Other information:

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

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Study mode Full-Time Start date 26/08/2024 Duration 1 year
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