The Sheffield College
Bakery and Patisserie Technology FdSc
The Sheffield College

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Validated by Sheffield Hallam University and developed in consultation with industry, this course will give you the practical skills, technical ability and business knowledge you need for future success in a creative, rewarding and challenging industry.

About the Course Whether you want to start your own business baking artisan breads, become a chocolatier or patissier or work in food technology or new product development, you will develop the high level technical and operational skills you will need.

This Foundation Degree is designed to develop the advanced craft skills required to work professionally in the bakery/confectionery industry. You will focus on developing new food designs and acquiring technical industry knowledge in areas such as production management systems, quality assurance and food hygiene. 

You will also acquire transferable skills relating to business and enterprise, as well as softer skills in communication, decision making and critical analysis. 

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will consist of: Full group teaching - in the lecture room and classrooms for theory lessons Practical science & hygiene – using classrooms for theory and practical sessions in the bakery to embed good working practice Practical bakery session - teaching in practical bread / patisserie environments for skills development and realistic working practice Continual Professional Development (CPD) - specialist skills teaching to develop key techniques and skills Tutorials - Individual, group and academic tutorials per week Academic Success – strategies and techniques to support your learning Location of Delivery Your primary location of study will be City campus, located just 10 minutes walk from the city centre. 

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.

Placements 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.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Bakery and Patisserie Technology, FdSc you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

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.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Plus GCSE English at grade C or an equivalent.

Qualification requirements

We are currently unable to accept international applicants.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Bakery and Patisserie Technology, FdSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Bakery and Patisserie Technology FdSc

England UK £7500 year 1
Northern Ireland £7500 year 1
Scotland £7500 year 1
Wales £7500 year 1

Additional fee information

Additional costs will include uniform and basic equipment at a cost of approximately £140. 

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

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About The Sheffield College

The Sheffield College is one of the largest providers of Further Education in the English city of Sheffield. The college operates from four main campuses, which are City, Hillsborough, Peaks, and Olive Grove.

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