• LevelLevel 5
  • Duration2 years
  • UCAS CodeA146
  • Awarding bodyThe Open University


If you are passionate about food and you are keen to enter this fast paced and exciting sector, then this course is for you. You will develop your practical and theoretical knowledge and prepare yourself to succeed in this dynamic environment. This two year vocational course combines real world learning in the workplace with theoretical study. You can convert to an honours degree following one additional year of study.

Throughout the course you will have access to industry-standard, commercial kitchens, where you will work with professional chefs to perfect your culinary technique through a series of live commercial events. You also investigate and work with local businesses to expand and apply your knowledge of the sector and to showcase your skills to potential employers.

Your practical sessions are supported by guest speakers and industrial visits to key local and national organisations to help you understand the infrastructure of the industry.You will develop the knowledge and understanding required to succeed academically at this level. This practical and academic combination of study provides a platform to develop your future career and academic goals.

You will gain a combination of management, educational, technical and practical skills. You can also be entered for City and Guilds Level 3 practical qualifications.

Course Information

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Year 1 core modules include:

  • Managing & Developing people in the Hospitality Profession
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Financial & Revenue Management Awareness
  • Food Beverage Management
  • Kitchen Management & Production
  • The Work Environment & Reflective Practice

Year 2 core modules include:

  • Business Development &Entrepreneurship
  • International Culture & Communications
  • Advanced Patisserie & Confectionery
  • Molecular Gastronomy
  • Industry Related Project

September- May

Entry requirements

You must have achieved 48 UCAS tariff points from an appropriate Level 3 qualification in culinary arts (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A Level).

You are also required to have GCSE passes at grade 4 (C) or equivalent in English and maths.

Non-standard entrants will be considered on the provision of evidence of relevant work experience.

Work experience needs to be within the catering division and to a Level 3 standard of culinary arts relevant to support their foundation degree.

This decision will be determined by interview.

Teaching methods will include lectures, seminars, tutorials and guest speakers. You are taught by a team of dedicated staff with a range of expertise. Practical demonstrations are given in a training kitchen and you prepare dishes and build an evidence based portfolio.

Links with businesses are used to provide a strong practical base to the course.

You are expected to commit approximately 15 hours a week to independent study in preparation for teaching sessions and assessments.

You will be assessed through coursework designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to meet the learning outcomes of the programme.

To support you, a variety of assessment methods are used to enhance the experience as well as to help you develop key transferable skills.

If you are a part time student, you are supported to complete work based projects in your workplace.

Fees payable directly to Middlesbrough College, £6,300 per year.

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Kitchen knives & chefs uniform.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

If you are worried about the cost of higher education, it might help to know there are a range of financial support schemes available to help with course fees when studying at Middlesbrough College. Our Student Services department can offer advice and guidance when students apply for a loan or bursary.

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