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Level 2 & 3 Bakery at University College Birmingham

Course description

A growing demand for creative, high quality bread and confectionery products means there are fantastic job opportunities in the bakery sector.

Our Level 2 course helps you develop an understanding of the industry and there are plenty of opportunities to gain practical skills in bread and cake production, cake decoration and the art of making sugar flowers.

Level 3 advances your skills and knowledge to help you achieve your creative potential. The course specialises in a range of bakery products and chocolate work and there are opportunities for research into specialist production. You can also enter competitions and attend exhibitions, boosting your experience and knowledge.

Alongside training in our industry standard bakeries you will also gain additional experience on placements with opportunities available with: artisan and craft bakeries, patisserie and cake decoration outlets, food manufacturers, hotels, restaurants.

Course content

Year 1 - Level 2 Bakery:

  • Confectionery
  • Chocolate and Sugar Work
  • Continental Breads
  • Danish Pastries
  • Modelling
  • Celebration Cakes
  • Piping
  • Flower Making
  • High Volume Manufacturing of Bread and Fermented Goods
  • Food Safety

Year 2 - Level 3 Bakery

  • Sugar Craft
  • Chocolate Work
  • Design and Develop Bakery Products
  • Plan and Evaluate Specialist Bakery Products
  • Evaluate and Improve Product Quality
  • Lead Work Teams to Achieve Objectives
  • Improve Health and Safety
  • Monitor Quality
  • Working with Others

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade D/grade 3 or above plus a good school report and reference.

All applicants are required to attend an interview.

To progress on to Level 3 Bakery you will need to successfully complete Level 2 Bakery and ideally have GCSE grade C/grade 4 in English and maths.



The course provides the underpinning knowledge for the online test in food manufacturing. Practical exams of products relating to the bakery industry are also undertaken.

Financial information

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 16-18 you will not have to pay tuition fees.

Uniform and Equipment

This course requires the purchase of some uniform and equipment. You will be informed of prices and how to order prior to the start of your course. Order forms will be included in your enrolment pack (usually available in May/June). Some students may be able to receive assistance towards the cost through the Learner Support Fund. Please see details on the Learner Support Fund below.

Educational Visits

You may be required to pay for any educational visits or trips as part of your course.

Learner Support Fund

The Learner Support Fund is available to assist students with course related costs such as essential uniform, equipment and travel. The fund is available to students who have a total household income of less than £30,810 per year (figure correct as at September 2016). A non-refundable contribution of £50 is required.

Discretionary Bursary

The Discretionary Bursary is for learners who have a household income of less than £20,817 per year (figure correct as at September 2016). Bursary payments will be made every Friday subject to 100% attendance. Learners who are in receipt of out of work benefits, work more than 24 hours per week or are over the threshold are not eligible.

Mandatory Bursary

The Mandatory Bursary Scheme is paid to students aged 16-18 who fall into one of the following categories:

  • Looked after child
  • Care Leaver
  • Receiving Income Support in their own name.
  • Receiving Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or PIP

Eligible students will be entitled to a guaranteed bursary with weekly payments paid every Friday subject to attendance.

Application forms for the Learner Support Fund and Bursary will be included in your enrolment pack (usually available in May/June) and forms are also available from Student Services.

Network West Midlands 16-18 Photocard

If you are under 18 years old and in full-time education you may be entitled to child rate fares and season tickets for travel on the bus, train and metro. All you need is a valid 16-18 Photocard which is available from Network West Midlands. It costs £10 and is valid for one academic year. You will be able to apply once you are enrolled. Further information is available from our Student Services team on 0121 604 1000 ext 2233 or ext 2605.

Travel Assistance

If you are travelling from outside the Network West Midlands area you may be able to claim a 50% reimbursement of your travel costs. Please contact the Student Budget Counsellor to discuss the additional support that may be available for you.

Free Meals

Some Further Education students will be able to receive a free meal at lunchtime whilst they are in college. You must be between 16-18 with parents or guardians in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related)
  • Guarantee element of Pension Credit

You will need to apply for the Discretionary Bursary Scheme and provide evidence of one of the above benefits. An application form will be included in your enrolment pack and forms are also available from Student Services.

If you are eligible you will receive a daily allowance which can be used to purchase a selection of items within the Summer Row cafeteria and Richmond House cafeteria. Please note that as we are aiming to promote healthy eating there are restrictions on some items such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, crisps, cakes and flapjacks.

Childcare Funding

Students aged under 19 on the start date of their course can apply for childcare support through the Care to Learn Scheme. For further information and how to apply go to and search 'Care to Learn' or call the helpline on 0800 121 8989.


Future opportunities


Once you have completed your Level 2 you can progress on to Level 3 Professional Bakery to develop your skills to an advanced standard.

On successful completion of Level 3 you can join a foundation degree programme here at UCB. Foundation Degree courses offered at UCB include Bakery and Patisserie Technology, Food Development and Innovation, Applied Food and Nutrition, Hospitality Business Management or Culinary Arts Management. Alternatively you can apply for other foundation degrees available at UCB or elsewhere.

Career Opportunities

This qualification could open doors for you in the hotel and catering industry, as well as commercial bakeries and confectionery manufacturers.

Previous students have gone on to work in the bakery, patisserie and confectionery industries, including jobs in quality control, test development, commercial bakeries, fine confectionery manufacturers and in the hotel and catering industry.

Further information

Please see our website for further details and information on our next available Open Days

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University College Birmingham directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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