CertHE / DipHE/ BSc (Hons) Baking Science and TechnologySouthwark Campus
The National Bakery School offers a range of technical bakery courses designed to provide you with the skills and practical experience needed to reach your career goals. There are three levels of study available, providing you with the flexibility to study the qualification that will suit your desired route into employment in the baking industry. This flexibility will allow you to choose the best course for your current goals, but also gives you the opportunity to return to your studies and gain further qualifications when the time is right for you.
|CertHE Baking and Pastry Technology (Level 4)||1 year||Achieving this qualification could lead to one of the following roles: Baker/ Baker and Pastry Sous Chef/ Patissier/ Chocolatier/ Cake Decorator/ Artisan Baker/ Bakery Entrepreneur/ Bakery Production Operative|
|DipHE Advanced Baking and Pastry (Level 5)||2 years||Assistant Manager/Supervisor level - providing you with the skills and experience to secure roles such as Assistant Bakery Manager, Assistant Food Technologist or Assistant Production Manager. There is also scope to develop within roles of NPD/ Ingredient Technologist/ or support research.|
|BSc (Hons) Baking Science and Technology (Level 6)||3 years||Management level - the inclusion of more scientific informed research coupled with analytical thinking, problem solving and project management, will prepare students for jobs in management roles. This could include Production Manager/ Technical Manager/ Quality Assurance Manager/ Bakery Manager.|
Baking is a highly technical skill and a qualification in this field will make you an attractive prospect to employers. Our courses will help you to enter the profession, teaching you the commercial and technological aspects of the baking profession.
The first year of study will enable you to acquire the skills required by employers in the Baking and Food Manufacturing industries, across a range of areas including chocolate, bread and pastry production, as well as food safety and baking chemistry. The second year of the course will build on advancing your knowledge of these technical elements whilst introducing new product development and optional modules in business management and human nutrition. The final year is designed to develop your acquired baking skills in project-based modules alongside advanced modules in topics such as innovation, business strategy and applied bakery science.
You will have the opportunity benefit from a range of opportunities, such as guest lecturers, industrial visits, field trips, placements, knowledge transfer activities and our pre-existing strong links with the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the baking industry.
The curriculum has been designed in collaboration with industry experts to ensure that the skills, knowledge and experience you gain, will translate into the baking sector. On successful completion of the BSc degree, you will be in a position to effectively influence and drive the food manufacturing sector forward to deliver on the needs for future generations. For those looking to do this by launching their own business, LSBU has a dedicated Enterprise team who offer free activities, events and programmes to support students and graduates into self-employment.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2021.
Why Baking Science and Technology at LSBU?
- No. 1 in the UK for Research Intensity in Food Science (Complete University Guide 2021)
- Our amazing heritage: LSBU is the site of the oldest Bakery School in the UK. Classes are perfectly designed to cater to all baking and pastry amateurs and enthusiast, but with the solid foundation that only a University can deliver.
- This course is endorsed by The Worshipful Company of Bakers.
- You'll have plenty of networking opportunities, attending industry events and guest lectures and talks from professionals hosted by us.
- Our exceptional bakery facilities include laboratories - research-based teaching will inform the learning experience throughout.
Level 4, Year 1
All modules within the CertHE are mandatory and are delivered holistically to allow application of knowledge and understanding and prepare you for your career within bakery production.
- Baking core skills
This module is designed to assess the primary skills of students within a bakery setting. These skills will cover both practical and theoretical knowledge where the student must be able to demonstrate their competent performance consistently over a period of time, to meet all areas of the assessment criteria. This aims to allow students to demonstrate their ability and compliance within a bakery setting to uphold the standard operating procedures.
- Bread production and technology
This module introduces the students to the main techniques of fermented dough production and bakery management. It is intended to develop the students’ knowledge of fermented items, their production methods and the techniques and technologies used in their manufacture.
- Chocolate production
This module is designed to prepare you for Industry. Offering a firm foundation of technical knowledge and understanding of various raw materials and processes involved in chocolate production. Developing your practical skills in a range of chocolate products.
The module will also investigate the nature of product analysis to ensure chocolate products continuously and consistently conform to expectation. Creativity, together with a sound knowledge of customer requirements is essential to meet the demands of the modern workplace.
- Confectionary and pastry production
This course is designed to prepare you for Industry. Offering a firm foundation in a range of pastry types and products; cake making using a wide range of cake making methods. Developing knowledge of the functions of ingredients and problem solving. The development is essential in an ever-changing competitive market. Creativity, together with a sound knowledge of customer requirements is essential to the survival of the confectionery and baking industry.
- Applied and sustainable food safety
This module allows the student to investigate the implications that food and Health and Safety has in relation to consumers/ industry and regulatory authorities. This in turn will provide the student with suitable knowledge and understanding to instigate appropriate quality control measures to satisfy all parties, ensuring policies are in place, which firmly adheres to on-going effective practice. Aspects of sustainability to safeguard bakery production will also be explored and investigated.
- Applied baking chemistry
This module introduces the student to applied chemistry. It aims to lay the foundation for the basic scientific principles involved in food science, food analysis and bakery production. The module will cover all aspects of science, which can be related to bread, chocolate and confectionary products. As far as possible, the basic scientific principles are delivered in the context of food including bakery products. The complexity and perishable nature of food and food materials and the importance of the basic sciences are emphasised throughout the module.
Level 5, Year 2
Students are required to complete six modules at level 5. Five of the six modules are mandatory. Students will choose one optional module from a choice of two. Modules are delivered holistically to allow application of knowledge and understanding and prepare you for your career within bakery production.
- Advanced bread fermentation and technology
This module focuses on both practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to manufacture breads and related products to an advanced standard. Covering in more detail bread making processes – both modern and traditional and examining quality aspects of bread.
- Artisan chocolate production
This module is designed to prepare you for Industry. Developing and teaching advanced practical skills in a range of artisan chocolate products.
The module will also investigate the development of recipes to ensure chocolate products continuously and consistently conform to expectation. More creativity, together with a sound knowledge of customer requirements will be further developed.
- Advanced confectionary and pastry production
This course is designed to prepare you for Industry. Producing a range of products, using creams, mousses, jells, and glazes. Developing knowledge and understanding of flavours and textures in confectionery, learning to be creative an essential skill in an ever-changing competitive market.
- Baking products compisition properties and analysis
This module builds on an understanding of the chemistry of biological molecules including foods and applies these principles to explaining the nature, properties and behaviour of particular food and other macromolecules. Specific components will be used for illustration e.g. carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, additives, etc. The determination of all of these components in food and other products is essential for declaring compositional, nutritional and labelling information and therefore the module will include practical learning material explaining the methods of analysis. Proximate and sensory analysis will form the major aspect of the laboratory analysis.
- New product design and development
This module allows the learner to explore given briefs for product development while researching emerging trends and applying principles of innovation and sustainability. This module also promotes effective principles and practice with respect to bakery/plant design, layout and flow processes, food waste and processing techniques and packaging solutions.
- Business management and marketing (optional)
This module will enable the student to understand the impact of leadership and financial management functions in order to maintain and improve organisational effectiveness.
- Human nutrition (optional)
The science of human nutrition is a rapidly evolving discipline. The breadth of the subject will be explored including perspectives from physiology, cell biology, epidemiology and public health. Applied aspects of the area will be introduced and the human being as the central subject emphasised. Students will foster an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of nutrition and gain practical experience of assessing nutritional status.
Level 6, Year 3
Students are required to complete six modules at Level 6. Five of the six modules are mandatory, with one being a double project module. Students will choose one optional module from a choice of three. Modules are delivered holistically to allow application of knowledge and understanding and prepare you for your career within bakery production.
- Baking innovation project
This project module is designed to support students in developing a research project within the baking sector. By exploring a critical area of the students' own practice. It aims to allow students to demonstrate their ability to argue coherently, to gather evidence, to evaluate critically, and to synthesise various sources of data within an appropriate methodological framework. Where appropriate projects may also coincide with student placement/ industry opportunities.
- The science and technology of bread fermentation
This module focuses on both practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to manufacture artisan breads and related products. The module will address extended bulk fermentation times using sourdough processes in addition to examining the necessary quality aspects. This module builds upon the L5 module – Advanced Bread Fermentation and Technology.
- Creative and innovative patisserie design
This module seeks to explore the advanced properties of chocolate and patisserie which allow for the development of innovative designs and luxurious continental patisserie to a professional standard.
- Applied bakery science
This module builds on the Applied chemistry module delivered as a L4 module in the first year of the Foundation Degree Programme. The module teaches scientific principles involved in the production and analysis of products produced within the Baking industry in more depth.
- Business strategy within the bakery sector (optional)
This module focuses on business, legal and practical aspects for the development of a business enterprise within the Baking Industry. The module also emphasises the importance of quality management, environmental principles and sustainable best practices while addressing the increasing concerns for food safety and the environment. Appropriate standards, principles and applications are explored to meet these needs of the business being developed.
- Advanced topics in human nutrition (optional
Human nutritional science is a rapidly advancing discipline. This module will draw on students’ background knowledge in the area and encourage critical evaluation of emerging topics in the field. The emphasis will be on the available evidence base and developing skills in interpreting and relating key nutritional points from complex and varied sources of information. The unit will be responsive to advances and breaking stories in the field.
- Advanced new product development (optional)
This unit requires students to engage in the management of processes involved in the design and development of food products. Working together in small groups, adopt an allocated role within the group. The groups respond to a product development brief by designing and developing a food product. Students learn to manage resource constraints, time constraint and find ways of resolving different expectations and directions within the group.
This Module takes a practical, technological approach to food product development and deliberately encourages students to experience the constraints and conflicts arising from teamwork in the design, prototype and pilot manufacturing process.
Multiple factors converge to allow for high efficiency in addressing employability issues in the course curriculum and every effort has been made to embed and emphasise skills, knowledge and confidence that will maximise graduate employment opportunities.
This approach will be further reinforced by an opportunity to spend a period of time in all years within an industrial placement, thus developing industrial expertise and improving future job prospects to an even greater extent without detriment to individual study. The value of work ethic will also be explored within the programme to ensure that students participate within ‘in house’ work experience which will comprise the operation and running of the NBS Bake Shop.
Every effort has been made to embed and emphasise skills, knowledge and confidence that will maximise graduate employment opportunities and equip them with transferable skills and an understanding of professional practice in their chosen fields.
As has been demonstrated from past performance, a large number of students progress with a successful career in the industry, becoming influential players. Past students now have a foothold in companies such as Bakels; Zeelandia; Delifrance; AB Mauri; Biscuiteers and Campden BRI.
The NBS alumni is also a valuable resource to further inspire and offer opportunity, including internships, to the incoming student cohorts. This allows for a perpetual cycle of influencers/ motivators to support, mentor and facilitate incoming and progressing students on to their career paths.
Furthermore, through the professional networks of staff, students are afforded the opportunities to engage with a range of professional bodies including:- Institute of Food, Science and Technology (IFST), Association for Nutrition (AfN), Society of Biology (SoB), British Society of Baking (BSB), Craft Bakers Association (CBA), The Worshipful Company of Bakers and the British Association for Sports and Exercise Science (BASES).
Overall, the National Bakery School is extremely well poised to deliver on excellence in provision with a clear aim to produce graduates capable of entering into professional training and careers in Food, Nutrition, bakery and allied industries.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Here at the National Bakery School we have links with a number of bodies including The Worshipful Company of Bakers, The Craft Bakers Association, CBA, and The British Society of Baking, BSB. Our strong contacts mean opportunities for students to progress.
We work with many industry contacts to enrich the student experience. Contacts with whom we work include Zeelandia, Bakels, Callebaut, Biscuiteers, G R Wrights and Marriages, to name but a few. On this course you'll attend industry events and guest lectures from professionals. Our collaborations continue to evolve and strengthen.
We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course here at the National Bakery School. Work experience includes ‘in house’ activity in our very own ‘bake shop’ to help prepare for external work placement within an environment to best suit your career direction (i.e. large scale production/ artisan/ SME).
Teaching and learning
The course focuses on elements of blended learning which will combine practical input, guest lectures, field trips and support through the Virtual Learning Environment. All teaching and learning is also enhanced via interaction/ collaboration with the Enterprise Team in the Clarence Centre and via Library and LRC subject specific staff. Collaboration is also being developed within other Schools so that combined input enriches student learning and achievement.
As an undergraduate Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work.
These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal tutor once each semester for 30 minutes throughout your course. Weekly drop in times will be made available and you can contact your tutor for additional support by email, phone or in person.
Level 2 & 3 requirements for 2021 entry
|Level 2 & 3 requirements for 2022 entry|
Direct entry requirements
CertHE Baking and Pastry Technology
DipHE Advanced Baking and Pastry Technology
BSc (Hons) Baking Science and Technology
English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
Interview and portfolio
Selection will be considered via submission of portfolio and UCAS statement. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview process which may include an element of practical testing to gauge level of practical ability.
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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