Perfecting your practical skills while exploring the science behind your creations is a recipe for success in the bakery industry.
Whether your goal is to travel the world as an artisan baker, become an awardwinning cake maker with your own business, or be the next celebrity chef, our Foundation degree will ensure you leave with all the skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding career.
By studying the FdSc Bakery and Patisserie Technology at UCR, you will be equipped with a well-rounded knowledge of the bakery and patisserie industry, in preparation for employment within the artisan or industrial sectors when you graduate.
A key focus of your studies will be on the development of the theoretical knowledge and key practical skills in the first year, followed by gaining a good understanding of industrial automated production methods in the second year.
You will learn in our Reaseheath Food Centre, which is an industry leading academy and the only one of its kind in an academic setting. Featuring industry standard food processing halls, a bakery and innovation rooms for new product development and scale-ups, we are confident you will not find a better place to begin your bakery career.
Modules are delivered through practical work and theoretical lectures.
There is a compulsory 4 week work placement in the chosen specialism module. Travel arrangements for this are at your own cost.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, plus field trips. The following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each year of the course:
26% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 306 hours
Independent Study: 894 hours
22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, Learning and Assessment: 268 hours
Placement: 100 hours
Independent Study: 832 hours
Assessments are designed to encourage both academic skills and skills valued in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework, practical assessments, and time constrained online assessments. Coursework may take many forms including essays, reports, data processing, presentations, academic posters, seminar discussions, interviews, critical reviews, portfolios of evidence and practical competency assessments. The time constrained online assessments vary, depending on the nature of the module, but may take the form of multiple-choice questions, essays, practical assessments, data handling questions, short answer quizzes, and in class assessments.
The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
21% online time constrained assessments
13% online assessments
Feedback is supplied via Turnitin or directly from the module tutor. The majority of submissions are made via Turnitin and feedback for coursework is provided four working weeks after the submission date. If for unforeseen reasons this is not possible, the reasons will be communicated to the students within 2 weeks and the feedback prioritised within the department.
Written feedback will be supported verbally should the student require clarification. Formative assessment feedback will be provided at the time of completion where possible, with more detailed summative feedback for reports.
To offer graduates a leading position in the jobs market, students are given the opportunity to enhance their career prospects by taking additional qualifications during their course of study. These could include a range of qualifications such as:
Students will be able to access course timetables for the academic year in September.
Timetables are subject to change, but full-time students can expect to spend 2-3 days per week on campus. Part-time students will only attend for summative assessments or required workshops.
As a student at UCR, you will have two main costs to meet; your tuition fees and living costs.
Our full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students, entering University, can be found on our student finance page. These fees are charged for each academic year of a course and are set by the college annually.
Tuition fees for international students can also be found on our student finance page.
Prices of equipment are subject to change dependent on retailer.
Full-time: Apply directly through UCAS
Part-time: Apply directly through Reaseheath
A minimum of 64 UCAS points
Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 4 years by blended learning
Here you will find useful information about the services and support available at University Centre Reaseheath. Click to expand each item:
University Centre Reaseheath is committed to providing additional financial support to those who need it. To find out about the bursary schemes available visit our additional financial support page.
For students to get the best out of their time at University Centre Reaseheath, we must both recognise that we owe obligations to each other. These obligations are set out in our UCR Student Contract. Before you accept an offer of a place at University Centre Reaseheath, it is important that you read these contract conditions. If you are going to be living in Halls of Residence, you will also need to read the Student Accommodation Licence Conditions. Both of these contracts can be found here.
All UCR students are given the opportunity to apply for residential accommodation. First year students are guaranteed accommodation and this offer is made to all applicants who live more than a reasonable daily travelling distance from Reaseheath (providing you have applied before the UCAS equal considerations deadline. For full details on our halls of residence visit our accommodation page.
We have a team of dedicated professionals on hand to offer you support. These include our Student Services Team, Inclusive Learning Team, Library and Learning Resources Team and the Reaseheath Careers Service. You can find more information on the support provided at Reaseheath on our support page.