Culinary Arts - FdA [Full-Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Hospitality and Catering

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  N850


A career in the food industry can offer a wide variety of different opportunities, it can open the world to you and in many cases combine work with travel allowing you to develop an understanding of gastronomy and culinary arts.

This course has been designed to provide you with the necessary technical and vocational skills as well as the ability to apply a modern management approach in a range of professional industries. You’ll benefit from real-life examples from industry experienced tutors as well workshops and work placements to help you understand the complex, ever-changing and exciting world of hospitality. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge and have the opportunity to think, taste, evaluate and enjoy learning about cultural cuisines as well as advanced cooking techniques from around the globe.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

You will have the opportunity to complete a 60-hour work placement which will help you to develop your professional skills. You will also receive guidance in professional membership bodies relevant to the hospitality industry (Institute of Hospitality).

Who the course is for

Individuals who have a passion and interest for culinary arts in both fields of kitchen and pastry.

Chefs, head chefs / sous chefs / cooks, managers who have had experience in the industry and who  would like to achieve an academic & practical qualification combined.


Qualification Gained

You will be awarded a Foundation Degree in Culinary Arts by NCG. 

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

Year one
Academic Study Skills
Contemporary Hospitality
Developing Manager
Diet and Nutrition
Food and Beverage
Personal Development
Practical Cooking Techniques in Culinary Arts
Work Related Learning

Year two
Contemporary Patisserie Techniques in Culinary Arts
Creative Food for the Media
Entrepreneurial Skills
Event Planning
Gastronomy and Innovation
Leadership and Motivation
Professional Development
Work-Based Learning

Learning Methods

You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops and will be introduced to guest speakers from industry. Live events and peer feedback will support the learning environment.

Students will be able to have the opportunity to participate into culinary art competitions on a regional and national level. Torque d’or, Necta and Salon Culinary.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a number of ways including group and individual projects, group presentations, practical tests, portfoilios and formatted discussions alongside case studies and live projects.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the course you may choose to progress onto the BA (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-Up) at Newcastle College. As well as BA ( Hons) Business Management at Newcastle College.

Career Opportunities

Potential career opportunities include senior management positions in food preparation and catering, executive chef, head chefs, food and beverage manager or self-employed freelance chefs.

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.