FdSc Bakery, Confectionery and Patisserie Science (1)

Start Date
Course Course
Catering & Hospitality
City Campus

About this Course

Do you have a dream of working as a pastry chef, baker, or owning your own artisan business? Studying our Bakery and Patisserie technology course will set you on the journey to realising your future! Our course offers a blend of creativity, science, technical skills, new product development and entrepreneurship, allowing individuals to begin to master the art of baking, pastry-making, and confectionery.

Key Units

Our Foundation Degree offers a comprehensive pathway for individuals aspiring to thrive in bakery, specialising in artisan bread, venturing into the world of chocolate or pastry crafting and innovation. By studying with us at UC Sheffield, students will cultivate an array of high-level technical and operational competencies essential for success in their chosen field.

Tailored to meet the demands of the bakery and confectionery industry, the curriculum emphasises the refinement of advanced craft skills necessary for professional engagement. Students will delve into the intricacies of food design, honing their abilities to conceptualise and create innovative culinary delights. Moreover, they will gain expertise in crucial areas such as production management systems, ensuring efficiency and quality throughout the manufacturing process, as well as mastering principles of quality assurance and food hygiene to uphold industry standards.

Beyond technical proficiency, the program fosters the development of transferable skills vital for entrepreneurial and employment endeavours. Participants will gain insights into business operations and enterprise, equipping them with the acumen to navigate the complexities of the market landscape effectively. Moreover, emphasis is placed on nurturing softer skills such as communication, decision-making, and critical analysis, which are indispensable in professional settings and contribute to overall career readiness.

Through a blend of theoretical insights and practical applications, students will emerge prepared to embark on fulfilling careers in their chosen domains within the food industry. Whether pursuing entrepreneurship or seeking roles in established enterprises, graduates of this program will possess the requisite knowledge and skills to excel and make significant contributions to the field.

Level 4
  • Fundamentals of Professional Patisserie
  • Food Hygiene and Spoilage
  • Introduction to Bread Production Technology
  • Confectionery, Entremets and Chocolate Specialism
  • Science of Bakery
  • Marketing, Research and Profit Management

Level 5
  • Advanced Patisserie
  • Quality Systems
  • New Business Start-up
  • Product Design and Development
  • Advanced Sugar and Chocolate Specialism
  • Artisan Bread Production

Entry Requirements

  • 56 UCAS points
  • GCSE English Language (minimum of grade C/4)
Level 3 Diplomas without UCAS points will also be considered.

Mature students without the formal entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis.


Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. There is a strong focus on the vocational nature of this course including practical innovative project work and assessment.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 70%
  • Practical assessment - 23%
  • Written examinations - 7%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Future Opportunities

The FdSc in Bakery and Patisserie Technology is a specifically designed pathway for a career in plant bakeries, retail bakeries and small craft or artisan business. The programme provides opportunities for students to gain valuable insight and experience into the industry with up-to-date case studies, speakers, visits and placements. This ensures students graduate with practical skills and technical knowledge which are highly sought-after within bakery, confectionery and other food industries.

Upon successful completion of this course, students can progress in the industry to careers in areas such as:
  • Artisan bakeries
  • Confectionery and chocolate production
  • Food technology
  • New product development
  • Technical management
  • Quality assurance 

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Guided Learning Hours

As a guide, 20 credits typically represents around 50 hours of tutor contact time (e.g. lectures/workshops/feedback) and 150 hours of self-study time (usually over the course of a semester). These numbers may increase or decrease depending on the nature, length and level of the module, especially towards the end of the course.

A short industrial placement is built into the first year of full time Bakery and Patisserie Technology programme.  All students will be encouraged to undertake a 3 week placement (120 hours) at the end of Level 4 (Year 1) during the summer months.  These placements will be arranged by the programme's Industrial Placement tutor and are unpaid. 
During the Industrial Placement, the students will be required to keep a professional file for work that they have undertaken and if they intend on accruing hours through part-time work, they will need to keep evidence of hours and salary slips.

Location of Delivery
Your primary location of study will be City campus, located just 10 minutes walk from the city centre. 

How to Apply
Please note that applications for this course should be made through UCAS.
UCAS Application Code: D6M7
The Sheffield College Code: S22

This course is validated by Sheffield Hallam University.

Additional Information
Additional information about Higher Education at The Sheffield College can be found here.

If you have any further queries please email the UC Sheffield on admissions@sheffcol.ac.uk leaving your name, contact details and the title of the course[s] you are interested in, together with a brief summary of your query. Alternatively, you can call UC Sheffield on 0114 260 2600.

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Terms and Conditions
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Extra Costs

Additional costs will include uniform and basic equipment at a cost of approximately £350. 

Students may also wish to purchase additional supplies, equipment or books at their own expense, however these are not mandatory. 

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