University College Birmingham
Bakery and Patisserie Technology FdSc
University College Birmingham

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 35 graduates of Bakery and Patisserie Technology FdSc and other courses in at University College Birmingham for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
58 /100
35 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in food sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23000 £23500 £21000
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £25000 £21000 - £25500 £15000 - £31000

Salary of all UK Graduates of food sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25000 £29012 £31977
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £27000 £23267 - £34267 £24568 - £40375

Course Description

OVERVIEW Have you got a passion for baking? Do you dream of becoming a chocolatier or patissier, or even starting your own baking business? From making artisan breads to working as a bakery technologist, our Bakery and Patisserie Technology foundation degree will give you the skills and knowledge for a range of careers to help you flourish in this creative and highly competitive industry.

Developed in consultation with industry experts, our long-established bakery course will help you hone your practical skills and technical abilities, as well as giving you the business knowledge you need to compete. Learning in our industry standard bakeries and state-of-the-art Food Science and Innovation Suite, not only will you develop a strong scientific and technological understanding of the core processes involved in the baking industry, but also the managerial skills to help you succeed in senior management or as an entrepreneur.

You will be encouraged to boost your work-ready skills and experience on a work placement, with opportunities ranging from working with small artisan businesses to larger food producers and ingredient manufacturers. You will also benefit from our fantastic connections with major organisations in the bakery and confectionery industries, offering a wide variety of industry-related visits, guest lectures and further work opportunities.


  • Practical application – Develop your hands-on skills on work placement as well as learning in our bakeries and our cutting-edge Food Science and Innovation Suite

  • Industry approved – We have a close working relationship with the Worshipful Company of Bakers, ensuring our course features the latest industry techniques and developments

  • Competitions – Take on the opportunity to showcase your talent in contests such as the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees’ (ABST) annual competition

  • Enrichment – From Callebaut and Mondelēz to Délifrance and DuPont/Danisco, our industry partnerships offer you a wealth of opportunities for guest lectures, research, placements and visits

FACILITIES University College Birmingham is renowned for its outstanding food industry training facilities. Students on our bakery courses have access to our on-site baking and product development laboratories, hosting equipment such as high-speed pressure/vacuum mixers, specialist equipment for chocolate production and dough and flour rheology testing equipment. In addition, our Cakes and Bakes shop on campus sells a wide range of bread and baked goods made by our students.

You will also have use of our multi-million pound Food Science and Innovation Suite, featuring the latest food testing and diagnostic technology alongside a cutting-edge development kitchen and bespoke sensory evaluation room.

PLACEMENTS Our course features 120 hours of work experience during years 1 and 2.

Employers we have worked with include Mondelēz (Birmingham), Edgbaston Boutique Hotel (Birmingham), Hyatt Hotel (Birmingham), The Ritz (London), Bettys Café Tea Room (Harrogate) and Slattery (Manchester).

CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:

  • Bakery manager

  • Product/process development scientist

  • Development technologist (bakery and patisserie)

  • Artisan baker

  • Cake decorator

  • Quality control (QC) technician

Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BSc (Hons) degree.

  • Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course

Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality that academic, vocational and professional standards achieved are appropriate and programme content and delivery meet international Institute of Hospitality benchmark standards.

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

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Bakery and Patisserie Technology FdSc at University College Birmingham

35% Skilled trades occupations
35% Elementary occupations
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
10% Secretarial and related occupations

Grading & Study Time

**Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website:** **ASSESSMENT** Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course: - **Coursework** – 70% - **Practical assessment** – 23% - **Written examinations** – 7% Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected].

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
Cambridge English Advanced BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic) BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own Test BA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

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

EU £12500 year 1
International £12500 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625.
This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years in line with the government’s permitted rise.
If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year.
If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England.
UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements.
More information about UK Fees please go to our website here -

EU and International:
More information about International Fees please go to our website here -

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)

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About University College Birmingham

University College Birmingham (UCB) is a university located in Birmingham, England, which specialises in vocational courses for both the higher education and further education sectors. The majority of UCB’s undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are officially accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the highest ranked academic institutions in the world.

Student composition of University College Birmingham

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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