Bakery & Patisserie Technology Foundation Degree (part-time)

This course is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in bakery or patisserie, either within a craft or industry setting, in roles such as quality management, food marketing or new product development. It is designed to give students a fundamental understanding of food science and food safety, progressing to specialist knowledge of cereal, flour , sugar and chocolate technology, delivered in a vocational setting.

Student are taught in the £7.4 million Reaseheath Food Centre – an industry-leading academy with an international reputation in the food and drink sector. The new, state-of-the-art facilities include a commercial dairy, butchery, commercial bakery, and innovation rooms for new product development (NPD) and scale-ups. As a college, we pride ourselves on our partnerships with the food and dairy industry, and work with businesses to create bespoke courses and training programmes to meet a wide range of industry needs.


Modules are delivered through practical work and theoretical lectures and include:

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Food materials and product manufacture
  • Food safety in manufacturing
  • Food science and composition
  • Flour technology
  • Sugar and chocolate technology
  • Artisan bakery skills
  • Business studies with law

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Food innovation and the new product development
  • Applied nutrition in the food industry
  • Research methods
  • Artisan patisserie and desserts
  • Industrial bread making
  • Processing and quality assurance of baked goods

Year 3 (optional)

BSc (Hons) final year top-up

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Degree, you may progress onto the one-year BSc Top-Up to gain a BSc (Hons) Food Manufacturing with Operations Management.


Learning is assessed by a combination of assignments – including essays, reports, presentations and seminars – plus practical assessments and examinations. You will develop specialist practical skills using the state-of-the-art food processing facilities, which include a butchery, commercial bakery and commercial dairy.

Additional Qualifications

To offer graduates a leading position in the jobs market, students are given the opportunity to enhance their career prospects by taking additional qualifications during their course of study. These could include a range of qualifications such as:

  • CIEH (Chartered Institute for Environmental Health) Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing
  • CIEH Level 3 Award in Food Safety Management for Manufacturing

Students are encouraged to join the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) as an Associate (Student) member

Length of Course

Part-time: 4 years blended learning

Entry requirements

A minimum of 150 UCAS points which may be obtained from GCE A Levels, or one of the following qualifications in a relevant subject:

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma / Diploma
  • BTEC National Certificate / Diploma
  • OCR National Diploma / Extended Diploma
  • Irish / Scottish Highers in relevant subject
  • Advanced GNVQ
  • QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma, Open College Units or Open University Credits
  • For mature students (aged 21+) substantial work experience will be considered, as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications

Further study


Before you apply you can come and visit us at one of our HE Open Events to see what we have to offer. Once we have received your application we will invite you to attend an Offer Holder Day.

Applications for part-time courses should be made directly to University Centre Reaseheath. When you have chosen your course, complete our online Part-Time Application Form.

Further study

Career options

The combination of practical and academic training you will gain during your degree will equip you with the skills required to enter a graduate career in food-related industries, or to undertake further training or research.

  • New Product Development
  • Research and development
  • Food marketing
  • Buying
  • Laboratory Analysis & Testing
  • Bakery entrepreneur

Additional info

Tuition Fees

As a Higher Education student you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.

Our part-time tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in either 2017/18 or 2018/19 are £3,930. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.

If you are an international student or for the latest information on tuition fees visit the student finance page on our website.


All Higher Education students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath and who apply before the 31st July 2018. For full details on our halls of residence visit the accommodation pages.

Student Support

We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support when and if you need it during your time with us. These include our Student Services team, Higher Education Support Team (HEST), Library and Learning Resources and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You will find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath here.

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Bakery & Patisserie Technology Foundation Degree (part-time)

Duration: 4 years

Study options: Delivery at Provider Premises, Part Time

Foundation Degree

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