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Professional Chefs (Patisserie & Confectionery) — Level 3 Advanced Diploma

Catering, Bakery and Patisserie

Course ID: 174174

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Level 3 Diploma.
  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue a career as a Chef in the pastry section of a professional kitchen.
  • Access higher education courses in this field and enhance your career prospects.
  • Complete practical work experience with a qualified employer to boost your skill set.
  • Recieve outstanding support from our passionate and dedicated teaching team.
  • Utilise our fantastic resources and facilities.

What to expect from the course

This qualification is designed for students aged 16 and over who want to work as a chef in the pastry section of a professional kitchen or a follow on course from the Level 2 Patisserie.

You are likely to have previous experience and/or a relevant level 3 qualification in cookery, such as the City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery or have completed the Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills or Patisserie on which this qualification will build. This qualification is designed to help you enter employment with a higher level of responsibility or at a more prestigious establishment.

The College works with local employers who contribute to the course content and delivery of training. Employers will provide demonstrations and talks on the industry.

You will also gain work experience with a college approved employer, as well as working in our own realistic working environment, the award-winning Academy restaurant, where you will be producing your masterpiece desserts.

This course will help you develop advanced skills and techniques to produce patisserie products, for example fine desserts and pastries.

The topics that will be undertaken develop advanced skills and techniques in producing:

- dough and batter products
- petit fours
- pastry products
- hot, cold and frozen desserts
- cakes and sponges
- display pieces and decorative items

To support the development of these skills, you will also undertake the following topics:

- food safety supervision
- supervision in the professional kitchen
- sustainability
- gastronomy


City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Patisserie and Confectionary

Why study with us?

We are the only college in the Northwest to run this specialist Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionary with training from a Michelin star background chef.

What some of our Students have achieved:

Gold Medal winner Dessert of the year UK Association of pastry Chefs
Gold Medal winner Dessert of the year UK Association of pastry Chefs
Demi Chef Pastry Michelin Restaurant
5 Star Hotel in Canada
Head pastry Chef Restaurant in New Zealand
Running own cake business in Liverpool
Running own bakery in Liverpool with great success

Student Benefits

A baker decorating pastries.
Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
A chef preparing a dish.
Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

You could progress into employment or onto the following qualification:

HNC in Hospitality Management

You could enter employment as a first commis chef or a pastry chef within the pastry section of high end establishments, such as:

- Fine dining restaurants
- Michelin Star/Rosette restaurants
- Luxury hotels
- Cruise liners
- Chocolatiers

Example careers

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

The following is a guide as to what you might be expected to achieve to gain entry onto the course.

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 (previously C) or above including Maths and English Language OR a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language and relevant subject qualification OR a minimum of Level 2 course in your chosen subject at merit or above and English Language and Maths at Level 2.

An enthusiasm and passion to succeed and develop yourself with great attendance will be vital to you achieving success on this course.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19 or over and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

19 years old or over and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) 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 for24/25 is 3345.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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