A foundation degree in Culinary Arts is the latest at Newcastle College University Centre (NCUC) to be awarded Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) status.

In what will be a boost for graduates and employers the University Centre’s Foundation Degree in Culinary Arts will be an approved HTQ from 2025.

HTQ status is a prestigious quality mark from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education that confirms a Level 4 or 5 qualification meets the needs of employers and learners, and forms part of the government’s focus on skills for jobs and higher technical education.

This is NCUC’s eighth HTQ to be approved and the second so far this academic year. It joins other qualifications currently on offer in subjects including Performing Arts, Health, Sport, Business, Childcare, and Digital Technology.

The Culinary Arts Foundation Degree was developed with the support of local chefs including Norman Bradford and Kyle Greenwood. The course helps aspiring chefs to build on their existing cookery skills and develop advanced culinary knowledge and techniques, as well as the skills needed to market and manage a range of food businesses.

Students on this course explore gastronomy and innovation in food, the latest food trends, menu planning and managing finances. They also benefit from masterclasses in butchery, sugar craft and patisserie as well as experience using specialist equipment such as smoking cabinets and sous vide water baths.

Connor Herron, Head of Higher Education at NCUC said: “I’m thrilled that yet another one of our foundation degrees has been awarded HTQ status. Here at NCUC, we are all about providing students with a high-quality education and a great student experience, including the relevant industry experience to allow them to succeed in their chosen career."

Find out more about HTQs at Newcastle College University Centre