Professional Patisserie - Level 2 Diploma (Full-time)

Level 2 - 5 GCSEs(A*-C) or BTEC 1st Diploma or NVQ level 2 or Equivalent

Subject Area Hospitality and Catering

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time


This course is for anyone with a passion or strong interest in bakery ,patisserie and confectionery .You will develop your practical skills and knowledge for a career in bakery patisserie and confectionery through an engaging industry focused course .

Practical skills will be constantly developed through skills classes as well as production sessions underpinned by week to week industry engagement to help you develop your skills set and confidence .A one day a week six month placement opens your eyes to the opportunities available in industry as skills are developed  by a challenging college curriculum .

Practical exams throughout the year as well as end of year exams  assessed by Tutors and industry experts stretch and challenge students.

Theory classes engage and challenge learners to think about emerging trends in industry to ensure that they leave College at Level 3 with an opinion and educated view on the industry in which they will work.

View life as a hospitality student

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 03/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 9 Months
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is for passionate,motivated and focused students who have a desire to work in one or more of these disciplines of the Hospitality Industry .Academically students should have  achieved 4 GCSES at Grade C ,a Level 1 VRQ in Food Preparation and Cooking or Level 1 in Hospitality and Catering (with relevant references),or who has had at least two years relevant industrial experience in Bakery, Patisserie or Confectionery.

Qualification Gained

CGLI Level 2 Certificate in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

Following Assignments:

  • Investigate the hospitality and catering industry
  • Food safety in catering
  • Health and safety in catering
  • Healthier food and special diets
  • Kitchen operations, cost and menu planning
  • Applying work place skills

Practical areas:

  • Produce Hot & Cold Desserts and Puddings
  • Produce Paste Products
  • Produce Biscuit , Cake and Sponge Products
  • Produce Fermented Dough Products


Learning Methods

  • practical classes in skills kitchen
  • group based activities
  • private study
  • demonstrations / industry visits
  • Industry Placement

Assessment Methods

Practical work is assessed by examination throughout the year graded at pass,merit and distinction which gives students the opportunity to showcase and develop their abilities. End of year exams are marked by tutors and industry experts to ensure the quality and validate the skills developed whilst on the course.Theory subjects are assessed by assignment as well exam and are again graded to show perspective employers the quality of individual students work .

Progression Opportunities

Successful students may progress onto Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery subject to satisfactory reference from Level 2 Tutor. Students may also progress directly onto a Level 3 apprenticeship in industry . Successful completion of either of these programmes could lead on to Level 4/5  Foundation Degree in Hospitality Management .

Career Opportunities

Once qualified to Level 3 opportunities available to students are local,national and international . Previous students are now working in the Restaurant and Hotel Industry,bakeries,or have gone on to open their own businesses.

Entry Requirements

  • You should have at least 4 GCSE grade C including English or Maths or a Level 1 Food Preparation and Cooking; or a Level 1 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering (with industry or college references); or two years relevant industrial experience.
  • Students must have full uniform including a suitable knife set, at the start of the Academic year
  • Due to food safety and awarding body requirements during practical sessions all students must remove all visible jewellery, including facial piercing and keep nails short and polish free
  • Wear professional dress for practical sessions
  • Have full dexterity and have a good standard of personal hygiene
  • To be able to stand for long periods of time (support arrangements can be put in place if required)
  • Be able to communicate and work effectively with others
  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 5 is required.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

Please note that you will be required to wear a uniform. You will have to pay for your uniform (approx £160).and for course items such as stationery, books and equipment. Students will also contribute £150 towards the cost of Educational visits which take place across the duration of the course  .We may be able to help you with these and also with related costs of coming to college such as travel and childcare. For further information, please see our leaflet entitled ‘Free study and help with study costs’ which is available from Student Services (contact details below).

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.

International learners

Newcastle College offers competitive tuition fees to learners who are resident of countries outside of the EU. For friendly advice please call our International team on +44 (0) 191 226 6323 for more information.

International Students: Additional start dates may be available for International Students, please contact
+44 191 226 6323 or email