Bakery and Patisserie Technology BSc (Hons) Top-up

Overview (NV)
Course length
1 year full-time
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This course offers students the opportunity to learn practical bakery subjects, and focus on the technical and managerial skills required to be successful in the bakery and patisserie industry. We have our own on-site bakeries, state-of-the-art Food Science and Innovation Suite, and laboratories fully equipped with a wide range of specialist equipment.

This final year top-up provides a unique opportunity to research a live project, with the potential of industry support. Students will draw on the skills taught at Level 4 and 5, including science and technology, to support the final year modules.  

Why should I choose this course?

  • We have fantastic links with a variety of bakery and confectionery industries, which means a wealth of opportunities for students with regards to guest lecturers, industry research, work placements and visits
  • You will have the opportunity to research a live project
  • You will get the chance to work in our new Food Science and Innovation Suite, which features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology alongside state-of-the-art kitchen facilities
  • We have highly specialised lecturers with a wealth of experience, ranging from fine confectionery to artisan breads, through to industrial bread production
  • You will critically evaluate Bakery and Patisserie processing technologies; and evaluate the current trends in food nutrition in relation to bakery and patisserie products

Course-specific facilites

Take a look around some of our baking and product development laboratories, all of which include specialist equipment such as large planetary machines, industrial ovens, Spiral and high-speed mixers, chocolate tempering and enrobing equipment, rack and deck ovens and retarder provers. Our Food Science and Innovation Suite will also play a key role in your studies. 


Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 


Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers.  A typical teaching week will have up to eight teaching contact hours, along with up to 30 hours independent or self-directed study.  Each semester is made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching - 3 hours of lectures in lecture rooms (classrooms for theory lessons)
  • Practical science and technology - working in the Food Science and Innovation Suite to underpin knowledge taught in Food Technology, Current Issues in Food and Nutrition and Bakery and Patisserie Ingredient Technology
  • The opportunity to work on a live project, supported by an academic supervisor
  • Continual Professional Development - 2 hours of specialist skills teaching to assist the decorative work for the confectionery module.
  • Tutorials: Between 1 and 2 hours of individual, group and academic tutorials per week
  • Academic Success - 1 hour per week across a range of topics

Individual study

In addition, you will need to commit 20 hours per week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions, and preparing for and completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.


Assessment is designed to provide an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways. 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 - 50%
  • Practical assessment - 50%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Bakery, with 240 credits.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email:

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)  

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email



Modules (NV)


Plus one option from:
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Employability (NV)


Graduates from this course could progress in the industry to successful careers in artisan bakery, confectionery and chocolate, food technology, new product development, technical management or quality assurance.

Graduating with this degree could result in the following careers:

  • Technical Assistant
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor
  • Process Technologist/Supervisor
  • Food Technologist
  • Development Technologist
  • New Product Development
  • Ingredient Technologist
  • Management Trainee Graduate


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Located on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired team comprises of specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Emily Hughes

Emily Hughes

Bakery and Confectionery Technology

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William Bowen main

William Bowen

Bakery and Confectionery Technology

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