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Sheffield College

Bakery and Patisserie Technology

UCAS Code: D6M7

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

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Full-time | 2021

Validated by University College Birmingham and developed in consultation with industry, this course will give you the practical skills, technical ability and business knowledge you need for future success in a creative, rewarding and challenging industry.

About the Course
Whether you want to start your own business baking artisan breads, become a chocolatier or patissier or work in food technology or new product development, you will develop the high level technical and operational skills you will need.

This Foundation Degree is designed to develop the advanced craft skills required to work professionally in the bakery/confectionery industry. You will focus on developing new food designs and acquiring technical industry knowledge in areas such as production management systems, quality assurance and food hygiene. 

You will also acquire transferable skills relating to business and enterprise, as well as softer skills in communication, decision making and critical analysis. 

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will consist of:
Full group teaching - in the lecture room and classrooms for theory lessons
Practical science & hygiene – using classrooms for theory and practical sessions in the bakery to embed good working practice
Practical bakery session - teaching in practical bread / patisserie environments for skills development and realistic working practice
Continual Professional Development (CPD) - specialist skills teaching to develop key techniques and skills
Tutorials - Individual, group and academic tutorials per week
Academic Success – strategies and techniques to support your learning
Location of Delivery
Your primary location of study will be City campus, located just 10 minutes walk from the city centre. 

Guided Learning Hours
As a guide, 20 credits typically represents around 50 hours of tutor contact time (e.g. lectures/workshops/feedback) and 150 hours of self-study time (usually over the course of a semester). These numbers may increase or decrease depending on the nature, length and level of the module, especially towards the end of the course.

A short industrial placement is built into the first year of full time Bakery and Patisserie Technology programme.  All students will be encouraged to undertake a 3 week placement (120 hours) at the end of Level 4 (Year 1) during the summer months.  These placements will be arranged by the programme's Industrial Placement tutor and are unpaid. 
During the Industrial Placement, the students will be required to keep a professional file for work that they have undertaken and if they intend on accruing hours through part-time work, they will need to keep evidence of hours and salary slips.


Year One (Level 4)
Core Modules
Introduction to Patisserie (20 credits)
You will develop skills required to produce a range of patisserie products. The specialist areas include pastry, fillings, sponges, mousses, glazes and desserts. This module also provides the opportunity to explore history and origin of patisserie products and how they have become classic desserts.

Bakery and Confectionery Science (20 credits)
This module will provide students with an Introduction to bakery science in terms of both cereal science and finished products. Principles of the core food molecules (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) and specific processes such as fermentation and raising agents will be described using bread, cakes, biscuits and pastry as examples.

Artisan Bread - Production and Appraisal (20 credits)
This module will help the student to develop the hands on skills and technical knowledge to produce and appraise a range of bread making methods which can be categorized as "Artisanal". Methods and styles of bread making studied will include: sponge and dough, sour dough starters, levains, poolish and bigas.  

Specialist Confectionery (20 credits)
You will be encouraged to develop your specialist confectionery skills whilst gaining a deeper understanding of how ingredients work together in order to form specific products. A main focus of this module will be the examination of specialist ingredients such as flour, sugar confectionery and chocolate.

Food Safety and Hygiene (20 credits)
This module provides students with an introduction to the main food hygiene theories and practices. Focus on current food hygiene legislation requires food businesses to develop and implement a food safety management system based around HACCP, students will learn how to devise and implement such a system.

Optional Modules
Managing for Profit (20 credits)
Diet and Nutrition (20 credits)

Year Two (Level 5)
Core Modules
Advanced Confectionery and Chocolate (20 credits)
This module will broaden skills and knowledge using industry methods and processes in confectionery and chocolate. Students will be expected to a range of patisserie products for the luxury market to align both practical and academic attributes to enhance employability.

Contemporary Bread Production (20 credits)
The contemporary bread production modules allows students to both produce the products, and study the technical aspects of typical bread and morning goods found on UK retailors' shelves. Where possible, automated food manufacture process is replicated by the students in practical settings.

Quality Assurance (20 credits)
There will be a series of practical sessions designed to demonstrate the implementation of key quality systems. The assessment uses case study scenarios in a food manufacturing context to develop student's insight in relation to hazard controls, traceability and specification design. Quality Assurance in food manufacturing offers sought after wide and varied careers.

Food Production Management (20 credits)
Ethical and financial pressures are driving the food industry to adopt cost-focused and environmentally responsible processes. You will learn about the key aspects of management and control in food production as well as the responsibilities and challenges facing food production managers. You will also explore customer buying behaviour and the type of market the food production unit will serve.

Contemporary Patisserie (20 credits)
This module is designed to provide the students with an introduction to all the essential elements of professional pastry production, including working with tempered chocolate and boiled sugar. Students will be challenged to produce a contemporary plated dessert utilising standardised recipes and considering current market developments.

Optional Modules
Enterprise Start-up Studies (20 credits)
Product Design and Process Development (20 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so 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 - 70%
Practical assessment - 23%
Written examinations - 7%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

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