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Professional Chefs (Patisserie and Confectionery)

Course Code: ATS-CP

Level: 3
Subject area: Hospitality & Catering
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: City & Guilds, Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

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About the course

Do you have a sweet tooth? Or maybe just the desire to indulge other people’s? Either way, this pastry chef training course will provide you with the patisserie training and confectionery skills you need for as a job as a pastry chef, specialising in all things sweet. As well as advanced patisserie and confectionery techniques, this course will include advanced work in sugar and chocolate and will ensure you have all the skills required for a successful career as a pastry chef in any high class establishment. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to work at external events all around Plymouth; last year’s highlights included MTV Crashes Plymouth and Flavour Fest.

What you'll learn

Subjects that will be undertaken to develop advanced skills and techniques in producing:

  • dough and patter
  • petits fours
  • pastry products
  • hot, cold and frozen desserts
  • cakes and sponges
  • display pieces and decorative items.

To support the development of these skills, you will also undertake the following topics:

  • food safety supervision
  • supervision in the professional kitchen
  • sustainability
  • gastronomy.
Entry requirements

The level 3 diploma in Professional Cookery would be an advantage, but is not necessary to complete before starting this course. In our experience, in order to be successful on this level of course you will need to have gained five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above.


The assessment criteria for this course is still to be confirmed.

What's next?

Upon successful completion of this course you may wish to progress to the Hospitality and Tourism Management Foundation Degree at the College. Alternatively, you could progress to an advanced Apprenticeship or enhanced employment opportunities.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: ATS-CP

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): £25

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £3000

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 C
19 - 23 C  +  D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ C  +  D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.