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Professional Bakery and Cake Decoration — Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

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Advance your Cake Decorating skills to the next level
Bake Your Self Happy At The Very First Established Bakery and Cake Decorating College in The North West and North Wales

This course is for anyone who may want a career in the Baking/ Cake Decoration Industry, with emphasis on setting up your own business or to improve you home baking and cake decorating skills whilst gaining an industry and worldwide recognised Qualification from Cake Decoration and Bakery Lecturers with over 175 years combined experience from one of the north wests oldest and leading Bakery Colleges.
As students on this course you will specialise in either the pure Bakery route or the pure Cake Decoration route, practicing advanced skills and being original and innovative in the design of their own product specialisms
The course looks in depth at the theory of raw materials and processes used in the bakery in addition to developing enterprising business skills.
Students can choose one of the following learning pathways:
1. Cake making/cake decoration/raw materials/processes/starting a business
2. Bread and fermented goods/cake making/raw materials/processes/starting a business
3. Bread and fermented goods/cake making/cake decoration/raw materials/processes/starting a business
This course gives students the opportunity to learn and practice skills in the following areas:
- Advanced craft in bread, pastries and fermented goods sour doughs
- Advanced craft in cake and sponge goods
- Advanced craft in cake decoration and design
Please note there are the following additional costs for this course:
1. Dummy cakes
2. Art materials – A3 pad/pencils/poster paints/paint brushes
3. Membership of ABST (bakery students' society) £15 per annum


Level 3 Diploma Professional Bakery and Cake Decoration

This course leads to...

You could progress into employment or onto the following qualifications

Level 4 HNC in Hospitality Management
Level 3 Diploma in Patisserie and Confectionary

Career Opportunities include:

Management within baker and cake decoration sector
Baker in the retail and wholesale sector
Baker in professional kitchens
Product development
Sugar craft demonstrator
Working in cake decorating studio

Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements are GCSE grades F-G or above in English and Maths, or achievement of Entry 3 in the college online initial assessment tests in English and Maths. It is desirable to have a reasonable level of ICT.

You will also be subject to interview. At interview we expect you to be enthusiastic and passionate about food. Please bring any GCSE results or predicted grades, plus any other qualifications you might have gained.

Why study with us?

Tuition from Pan European Awarding Wining Bakery and Cake Decorators
Level 3 students will have the opportunity to attend the annual conference and competitions weekend event, with cash prizes, medals, industry recognised awards and scholarships to train with the leading European bakery and cake decoration companies
Attend Master classes during visitor economy week.
Returning students offering insights into industry with emphasis on up and coming bakery and cake decoration trends
Student exchange trip with exciting opportunities to bake in the world’s greatest bakery and cake destinations such as Lorrach Germany and the Richemont Bakery School in Switzerland.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163493

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free.

19 years old or over at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 3345.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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