Course Details

  • This course is part of our Centre of Excellence for Adult Education and is designed to give you the skills required for a successful career as a pastry chef or baker and improve your overall culinary ability.

    Ideal if you are passionate about a career as a pastry chef or baker – who are always in demand in the hospitality and catering sector – this qualification will give you the platform to progress to a patisserie culinary degree level course.

    As part of this course you will undertake practical training and get hands-on practice using industry-standard equipment in our professional kitchens, and you will also study the necessary theory required. Topics you’ll cover include:

    • Techniques and skills in producing frozen, cold and hot desserts
    • Techniques and skills in baking and baked products
    • Techniques and skills in producing fermented dough products
    • Techniques and skills in producing decorative items and display products
    • Techniques and skills in producing paste products and petits fours
    • Food safety practices in the preparation, service and storage of food
    • Kitchen organisation
    • Supervising the pastry section

    As part of this course you will also benefit from events, masterclasses and demonstrations hosted by The Chefs’ Forum.

  • Level 2 diploma in patisserie and confectionery.
    GCSE Grades 4-9.
    Although not essential, industry experience of working as a pastry chef would be beneficial.

  • This course will be assessed through practical assignments and a written theory exam.

  • Progress on to degree-level study with our higher education partner, UCEN Manchester. Students progressing from The Manchester College will receive a cash award through the Achievers Scholarship. Click Here to explore courses and apply.

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  • If you need help with affording college, there are a number of different finance and funding options available to you. You might be eligible for special bursary support or extra help from the government. Have a look at our fees, finance & funding page to find out all the information you need.

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  • Do you have a burning question about this course, or would you like to know more about the qualification you’ll receive and how it will help your career?
    Our course enquiries team is on hand to help you understand any details and answer any questions – whether it’s about applying for the course or finding out about finance. Just get in touch here!

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In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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