Course Type: Full Time

Level 3 Patisserie

  • Course Code AAA0377
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

The hospitality and catering industry is a fast-paced, creative world with a wealth of opportunities on offer. If you want to progress your career in this field in the specialist area of patisserie, this course is for you.


You'll be trained by our experienced team of teachers in our professional standard kitchens, which rival any you'll find in the industry, preparing dishes for paying customers in our student-run restaurant, Enfields Kitchen.


You will develop your technical skills in producing;

  • Complex pastry products
  • Marzipan pastillage and sugar products
  • Complex bread and dough items
  • Cakes, biscuits, sponges and scones
  • Chocolate products
  • Hot and cold desserts
  • Sauces coatings and fillings
  • You will also build your knowledge of essential health and safety information and how to be an effective team member.


Throughout the course, you will be assessed by building a portfolio of evidence and observation of practical tasks in the kitchen.


During the course you will need to wear a professional chef uniform which you'll need to buy, along with a knife kit. Funding is available and we'll discuss this with you at your interview or induction.


On completion of the course, you can progress onto Level 4 or Foundation Degree Hotel and Catering Management courses.


All Level 3 learners take part in a group project.This is usually an exciting part of the course with the opportunity to run an event. Students will undertake a work placement of their choice, some have included two week working experience in the city of Bordeaux, France and the island of Malta, as well as the The Ritz London.


Alternatively you could progress into the industry. Pastry chefs are in demand and there are also opportunities for those interested in setting up their own business. Past catering students have enjoyed great success including employment with top North East eateries such as:


Fast-track to an apprenticeship

You can start on this programme and fast track to an apprenticeship once a vacancy becomes available and you're ready. Sign up to our apprenticeship alerts and we'll keep you updated on the latest apprenticeship vacancies. Plus our team will help you write your CV or application and prepare for interviews.

An interview is required and equipment is needed.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

4 GCSEs grade D-G (3-1) preferably including maths and English, or a BTEC Introductory Diploma or Certificate in a related subject.

Required experience

Experience of working at Level 2 in Professional Cookery.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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