Course Outline:

Skilled bakery and 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. You’ll learn in our purpose-built top-of-the-range kitchens, and gain industry experience and connections to ensure you have the best possible opportunities after completing your course. You’ll get a solid grounding in pastry and bakery, and learn innovative techniques. From obtaining an NC in Bakery, you’ll then be able to progress to a higher-level course or into an entry-level position in the industry.

This course will start in August 2022.

Education Progression:

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.

Course Type and Length Options

Mode Length
Full-time 1 year

Career Progression:

This course leads to employment within the bakery and food/hospitality industries as an apprentice baker, baker, in-store baker, pastry chef, confectioner or cake decorator.

Who is the NC in Bakery course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to progress their career in bakery. It will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or take their first steps into the industry.

What will I study?

You’ll learn bakery skills and processes on this course which includes, cake decorating with chocolate and gateaux processes, sugar paste processes and patisserie. You’ll learn through groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by ongoing assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

This is a good time to enter the bakery industry with many opportunities available. This NC in Bakery course will give you the experience and skills you need to progress to a higher-level course or into a professional cookery role. You’ll gain valuable work experience including making food 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 vital work experience and industry visits, and to prepare you for interviews. This will give you the best possible chance to progress to a higher-level course or apply for entry-level jobs in bakery or professional cookery.

What are the interview arrangements?

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