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Why should I choose this course?
- PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Apply your practical skills studying in our bakeries and our state-of-the-art Food Science and Innovation Suite, as well as researching a live project
- ENRICHMENT – Our excellent industry links provide you with a range of opportunities for guest lectures, industry research, work placements and visits
- EXPERT TUITION – Learn from highly-specialised lecturers with a wealth of experience, ranging from fine confectionery to artisan breads and industrial bread production
- AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the University of the Year offering the best Student Support in the UK (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022)
University College Birmingham is renowned for its outstanding food industry training facilities. Students on our bakery courses have access to our own on-site baking and product development laboratories and our multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Food Science and Innovation Suite.
Our on-site baking and product development laboratories host equipment such as high-speed pressure/vacuum mixers, specialist equipment for chocolate production and dough and flour rheology testing equipment
Designed with the help of the food industry, our Food Science and Innovation Suite features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology alongside a cutting-edge development kitchen and bespoke sensory evaluation room
Our Cakes & Bakes shop on campus sells a wide range of bread and baked goods made by our students
Trends in Bakery and Patisserie Technology
You will study current issues and trends in Bakery and Patisserie Technology by reading press articles and scientific reports, paying particular attention to the development of products in line with these trends. The focus will be on sourcing alternative ingredients and amending processes and procedures so that products can be successfully delivered in line with these trends without compromising food safety or product quality.
Current Issues in Food and Nutrition
You will study current issues and trends in food and nutrition by reading press articles and scientific reports, paying particular attention to the science of weight loss. In addition you will study buyer behaviour to see if it affects the popularity of certain market products.
You will study the principles, control and optimisation of processing systems, food handling, hygiene, refrigeration, mixing and blending. You will also investigate scientific principles and food preservation methods including heat treatments, chilling, drying, fermentation and chemical preservatives.
Food Supply and Sustainability
You will learn more about the various functions and job roles in different sectors of the agri-food supply chain including agriculture, manufacture, distribution, food services and retail. This will broaden your knowledge of the food industry and enable you to investigate food resources, climate and seasonal effects, food waste and environmental control.
Choose 1 optional module
You will have the opportunity to engage in an independent research project of your choice. You will have support with preparing your proposal and understanding the competent characteristics of good research. An appointed tutor will help guide you through this important and rewarding process.
Applied Food Project
You will be required develop a new product with a 6,000-word article supported by a poster presentation. You will be supported throughout this project with regards to key research by an appointed tutor.
The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the area of baking 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 complete our enquiry form here.
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 send an email:
Teaching and assessment
Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.
Example of a typical teaching week (up to 8 contact hours):
- Large group teaching – 3 hours
- Tutorials – 1-2 hours
- Continual Professional Development (CPD) – 2 hours
- Academic success – 1 hour
- Practical science and technology
- Live project
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.
Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course:
- Coursework – 50%
- Practical assessment – 50%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.
Uniform and kit costs
This course requires a uniform costing approximately £50, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)
If you are a UK student enrolling on a standard-length Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half-year tuition fee is £4,625. There will be no change to this tuition fee for the forthcoming two academic years (2023/24 and 2024/25).
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If you are an international student enrolling on a full-time foundation degree or a BA/BSc in 2023/24, your fee for this academic year will be £13,500 per year.
If you complete a placement year, there will be an administration fee of £500 for a full year or £250 for a half-year placement.
As a new student studying this course full-time, you will receive £300 per year through our Kick-Start Scheme (UK students only, eligibility criteria applies). This scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You may also qualify for an additional £500 per year.
Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme here.
UCBconnect - meet other students on your course
Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, we have created a platform called UCBconnect, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.
As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation via text and email to complete your user registration and join UCBconnect. For more information, please visit ucb.ac.uk/ucbconnect.
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Work experience is vital for learning how to apply your training in the real world and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and it may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our Hired team can help you find suitable work experience.
We encourage students on our BSc Bakery and Patisserie Technology top-up course to gain work experience throughout your studies.
Work alongside experts in your sector
A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:
- Mondelēz (Birmingham)
- Edgbaston Boutique Hotel (Birmingham)
- Hyatt Hotel (Birmingham)
- The Ritz (London)
- Bettys Café Tea Room (Harrogate)
- Slattery (Manchester)
I won the 2020 Baking Industry Awards' Rising Star after graduating with a first-class degree, which meant a great deal to me. I now work in new product development for Fiona Cairns, who made the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding cake.
The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.
Product/process development scientist
Average salary: £32,000 - £40,000
Average Salary: £26,875
Average Salary: £18,500
Development technologist (bakery & patisserie)
Average Salary: £27,335
Average Salary: £24,072
Quality control (QC) technician (bakery)
Average Salary: £20,470
Want to take your studies to the next level? Completing the BSc (Hons) degree will enable you to move onto our postgraduate courses such as Enterprise Management MSc/PGDip.
We are here to support your career goals every step of the way.
Natalie has well and truly risen to the occasion, winning award after award and a top job with a world-leading bakery supplier.