Course Name: Level 2 Catering and Food Production ( Patisserie & Confectionary)

Entry Requirements

The most common entry route is through successful achievement of VRQ or NVQ Level 1, together with appropriate maths and English skills. Direct entry from school is possible where you have achieved 4 or more GCSEs at 3 points or grade D or above (including English). However due to the practical nature of this course you may be asked to undertake practical assignments to support your application.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college for all courses and Apprenticeships and we will request a school or college report.

What's Involved

This course focuses on baking, patisserie and confectionery and will help you develop your skills in this specialist area.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme. You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

You will participate in a variety of practical workshops. This course is mainly based in a practical kitchen preparing, cooking and finishing various complex dishes. The course is portfolio based with no formal end of year exam. However, theory session which include presentations, group projects and Functional Skills take place within a classroom environment.

Mandatory units:

> Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food

> Work effectively as part of a hospitality team

> Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment

Optional units A (16 credits):

> Produce basic bread and dough products

> Produce basic pastry products

> Produce basic cakes, sponges and scones

> Produce basic hot and cold desserts

Optional units B (14 credits):

> Prepare and cook food to meet the requirements of allergy sufferers

> Give customers a positive impression of self and your organisation

> Complete kitchen documentation

> Produce healthier dishes

> Produce flour, dough and tray-bake products.


The additional qualification which is attached to the NVQ Diploma is the ABC Award in Cake Decorating Level 1. This specialist craft course is assessed on the completion of a portfolio and evidence and three decorated cakes showing various skills, and is graded pass, merit or distinction.

Course Assessment Method

Assessment is by a variety of methods. Non craft units are assessed using a mixture of assignments, written short answer questions and activities. Craft units are assessed by a series of six short practical assessments spread through the year with two final ends of year practical exams of three hours each; grades are available at Pass, Merit and Distinction

What's Next


> Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery (Patisserie and Confectionery)

> Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery (Patisserie and Confectionery)

> VRQ Level 2 Professional Chefs Diploma


> Commis Pastry Chef in a hotel or restaurant or Hotel. Employment within the bakery industry.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Course Information
Qualification Type: NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking
Level: Level 2
Awarding Body:
Academic Year: 19/20
Start Date: September 2019

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