Welcome to Birmingham College of Food
Congratulations on applying to study with us! You might have heard, but we only went and won University of the Year at the 2022 Whatuni Student Choice Awards, we hope you are proud to be part of this.
As you start your journey with us, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our community before we meet you in September. And over the summer, look out for course updates and our new quickfire ‘meet the staff' videos.
A word from Professor Kali Davidson
"Welcome to the renowned Birmingham College of Food!
"With a long, rich and diverse history across the food and hospitality sectors, we are one of the UK’s leading institutes for chefs, culinary arts, bakery science and global hospitality education. And it’s not only our degrees that are world class. Our facilities, training kitchens, food science and innovation suite and award-winning restaurant are just a small part of our incredible campus.
"All our teams have impressively strong links with the industries they operate in, whether that’s with governing bodies, global organisations, leading employers or a strong alumni network, so the employability opportunities are endless. We look forward to seeing you in September, we hope it's your recipe for success!"
*Kali worked across industry, from fine dining in top restaurants to contract catering, before moving into education
“This is a university with incredible facilities and student-centred staff. And that includes myself – you are always welcome at my informal ‘Talk with the Dean’ sessions, your chance to say what’s going well and what we can improve on.”
Students work with MasterChef champ to serve up five-course VIP meal
Students from University College Birmingham had a lesson like no other when they got to work with MasterChef: The Professi…Read more
Bakery students create seven-layer Jubilee cake for Birmingham food bank
College students pulled out all the stops to create a seven-layer cake to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and…Read more
From dad’s 50th KFC bucket cake to pastry sensations at Michelin Guide restaurant
An award-winning graduate chef who decided against A-levels in law or politics to follow her deep passion for…Read more
University of the Year in 2022 national student choice awards
University College Birmingham has won University of the Year in the 2022 Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA), the leading highe…Read more
‘Gold’ accreditation provides post-Covid boost for food and hospitality training
University College Birmingham has received the highest standard of approval from a leading industry body in re…Read more
Bread to doughnuts: Ross wins dream job developing on-trend bakery goods
A bakery and patisserie graduate who had believed his autism could stand in the way of a university education has won…Read more
Visits from the experts
- To get to work in the kitchen with a Masterchef champ is not something students typically get to do. But after winning Masterchef: The Professionals 2021, Dan Lee not only came in to provide insight into the industry and reassure students following Covid-19, he returned to work with our Professional Chef and Culinary Arts Management undergraduates to produce a VIP for 60 guests at our award-winning Restaurant at Birmingham College of Food. Incredible!
- Leading bakery professionals met with students during an event dedicated to developing new 'career-ready' workers for the industry. Bakery and Patisserie Technology students were joined by top employers and experts at the inaugural Bakery, Patisserie and Associated Industries Gathering, a free event providing a networking environment for industry representatives and students to gain insight, develop links and discuss graduate employment opportunities.
Meet Stephen Garvey
“My role is to ensure we stay at very forefront of progress across the education sector and across industry, building innovative technology and skills such as immersive virtual reality into your educational experience.
"We are committed to providing face to face teaching as we know students value this quality time with their lecturers and fellow students. But to support your academic studies, we also have a sophisticated lecture capture system that provides accessible recorded lectures, where possible.
“We are very proud of the exceptional and sustained record of teaching excellence we have in the provision of our vocational educational experiences, and the future-focused curriculum we have to offer you."
*Stephen is a registered dietitian with a background in research
Our teaching and learning
Whether you are studying to be a chef or baker, or learn the ropes for management or new product development, our aim is simple - to turn you into a stand-out professional. We have an award-winning reputation for the highest quality courses and a learning experience that sets us apart from bigger universities.
Our degrees are designed to develop you personally and professionally, with graduate advantage, employability and enrichment sessions threaded throughout the curriculum, sitting alongside really interesting theory modules. Our partnership with the University of Warwick, a top-ranking Russell Group university, also brings extra opportunities including access to guest speakers and additional resources.
Our courses are developed and taught by experienced lecturing staff, meaning they can draw on their industry expertise and years of experience to make scenario-based discussions, debates and concepts come to life, supporting the linking of theory to practice.
You will learn so much from our lecturing teams, who are passionate about their profession and eager to inspire and nurture the next generation of food professionals.
We also have many invited guest lecturers from industry participate in our courses, sharing their knowledge and experiences to enhance your learning.
Students also have a lot to bring and as a team, we will also learn a lot from you! We encourage you to share your perspectives and viewpoints, especially when reflecting on your own life and placement experiences.
Placements are key to success as employers want you to have real experience. We have excellent links with Michelin-starred and on-trend restaurants, hotels, bakery businesses, new product developers and leading brands across the region and beyond, as well as globally, so we can allocate you to a diverse range of placements.
This exposure to different learning environments opens opportunities for you when you qualify. And you will receive real-life training in our industry kitchens and award-winning Restaurant at Birmingham College of Food, specialist bakery facilities and our Food Science and Innovation Suite.
Our support is exceptional, so much so, our students voted to make us the winner of the Student Support award at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022.
Throughout your studies, you will not only have a personal tutor, but a link tutor during placements and module leaders to support you through academic modules. And we have a whole range of additional support services available, providing you with as much or as little support as you need to succeed in your degree. Our smaller teaching groups enable all students to grow and flourish, with strong peer support and friendship.
Our Learning and Teaching Strategy 2021-24 is key to how we approach the educational journey, focusing on three main pillars that set out our commitment to your learning and teaching experience while you are studying with us.
- Pillar 1 – Provide accessible and inclusive teaching and learning across a wide range of vocationally-led courses
- Pillar 2 – Develop next generation opportunities and skills through innovative, future-focused curriculum and pedagogy
- Pillar 3 - Shape local and global sectors, promoting sustainable futures and global citizenship
It's just weeks to go and we're all set to welcome Team Scotland to our campus! As the home from home for the team's family, friends and supporters, we will be providing support for around 300 athletes and support staff, including the catering.
Hosting government officials, delegates, aspiring young elite athletes and medal winners, we have loads lined up and our students will get to interact with fans, athletes, visitors and employers. Some are even working with Team Scotland's digital team as an unparelled placement opportunity.
It's the first time Team Scotland have based themselves at a university, made possible by our fantastic facilities and staff and student expertise. We are all hugely excited, it should be a Games to remember!
Yasmine wowed the judges on TV show MasterChef by preparing for them the same menu that helped her complete her foundation degree.Read more
Starting at the University as a 16-year-old Level 2 Bakery student, Ross dreamed of going onto a degree and forging a career in new product development.Read more
As one of the youngest finalists on MasterChef: The Professionals, Claire honed and sharpened her skills at University College Birmingham.Read more
Luke was heavily supported in competitions by the University - resulting in him being part of a team that lifted a prestigious trophy.Read more
Chef and bakery facilities
Our university facilities were shortlisted in the 2022 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and in our department, they include:
- Nine industry-standard kitchens at our Summer Row site, providing a real working environment for you to master your practical food skills throughout your studies
- Spread over 9,000 sqft, our Food Science and Innovation Suite incorporates two specialist kitchens, a bespoke sensory evaluation room and a pilot plant for product development
- Restaurant at Birmingham College of Food - our AA Gold accredited training restaurant, where students get to put their training into practice with real guests
If you would like a refresher of our facilities, you can book on a campus tour.
Bakery and Patisserie Technology BSc (Hons) / FdSc
Passionate about baking? Whether you dream of being a chocolatier, patissier, making artisan breads or working as a bakery technologist, thi…Read more
Culinary Arts Management BA (Hons) / FdA
Do you dream of managing high-profile restaurant kitchens or becoming an executive head chef? This flagship course provides the advanced skills you ne…Read more
Professional Chef FdA
If you aspire to work in high-quality food establishments featured in the Michelin Guide or boasting AA rosettes, our two-year Professional Chef foundation degree will e…Read more
Meet your lecturers
I originally studied in Advanced Professional Cookery. After graduating, I then went and worked at Claridge’s hotel London as a pastry chef before setting up my own catering…Find out more
I originally studied Food, Nutrition and Health at The University of Huddersfield. Following my graduation, I have held a number of product development, process development and techn…Find out more
After completing Level 2 and 3 Professional Cookery at UCB, I then worked in Rick Stein's patisserie in Cornwall where I gained knowledge in artisan production methods for confec…Find out more
I have been in the baking industry since the age of 15 when I worked in a small family bakery on a Saturday. I completed my City & Guilds Bakery qualifications at Blackpool a…Find out more
My culinary career began back while I was travelling, experiencing different cuisines and working casually as I moved, and then continued when I returned to the UK.Find out more
I originally studied at University College Birmingham when it was known as Birmingham College of Food. After completing an OND in Hotel and Catering Operations I went onto study t…Find out more
I originally studied at Sandwell College of Technology. Once I achieved my qualifications, I worked in a variety of establishment such as a five star resort, Rosette standard re…Find out more
After comprehensive craft training as a Chef and Patissier in my native country; Germany; I began a very successful career in the culinary world mainly working for over 15…Find out more
I joined University College Birmingham in 2002 as a lecturer teaching in FE as Programme Manager for the first year Chef Diploma course. Moving on to teach in HE, I am now third…Find out more
Prof Kali Davidson
My present position is Head of Department for the College of Food, in this position my responsibilities involve leading a large FE/HE team, and I take responsibility for th…Find out more
I studied for three years at Birmingham College of Food and gained my level 3 qualifications in kitchen and larder, and pastry. I left and travelled around the UK in fine dining…Find out more
I originally studied Professional Catering Craft Diploma at BCFTCS and progressed onto the Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management. I then went into Bars Management with…Find out more