This course is aimed at anyone looking to start their career as a professional pastry chef.
You will start by developing your basic pastry skills, before quickly progressing into the more technical aspects of the trade. There will be a focus on developing an understanding of professional techniques, helping you to progress onto a higher course in college or into a pastry-focused kitchen at a Junior level.
As part of your course you will be required to complete 37 hours of industry work experience in a professional kitchen focused on pastry and bakery. Support for this is available from our dedicated work placement team.
What You'll Learn
You will start with the basics, beginning with homemade pastry, basic bread making and meringues. This will progress onto enriched doughs, egg-based tarts and more complex desserts. There will also be an introduction to chocolate, learning to produce homemade petit fours and the art of tempering.
As a team, we will produce all pastry and dessert products to the highest level for our award-winning Taste restaurant, all of which will provide you with an impressive portfolio of recipes, methods and techniques as you prepare for employment or further study.
This course is very much focused on developing your practical skills within the professional kitchen with an added emphasis on gaining knowledge relating to the catering industry as a whole.
There will be enrichment opportunities; including master classes from expert chocolatiers/pastry chefs, mini master class sessions from local pastry chefs and employment opportunities within one of our careers fairs.
Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. GCSEs in both English and maths at grade 3 or above is required.
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.
If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above.
How you will be assessed
Your qualification is gained through the completion of a portfolio alongside practical assessments [done via observations] and successfully passing two external end of year written exams. There will also be an end of year synoptic assessment which will assess your practical skills and knowledge gained throughout the year.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
Tuition Fees (19+): £2583.00
Throughout the year you will take part in enrichment activities and employment opportunities within one of our careers fairs. You will need a full set of catering knives and chef whites approximately costing £307.00. The College has a means-tested support fund which, if you qualify, can help with your additional costs including kit, travel and £125 material fee. Details of the recommended kit supplier will be provided on enrolment. Students continuing from a previous course may only need to replace some items.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
Upon successful completion of your level 2 course you may choose to progress onto a Professional Patisserie and Confectionary Technical Level Diploma Level 3 or go straight into working in a pastry bakery or food deli/café. Alternatively, you may wish to start an apprenticeship or pursue opportunities within the contract/industrial catering industries, where you would be able to put your skills into a different practice.
What Happens Next
Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a welcome event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.