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Sweet Success in Pastry - Level 2 Certificate

Catering, Bakery and Patisserie

Course ID: 174154

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Short course (16 weeks) one evening per week, 5-8pm Mondays.
  • This course will have two starting points as it will run for 16 weeks between September to January and 16 weeks between January and June.
  • A fantastic beginners course for pastry chefs and home bakers.
  • Enhance your employment opportunities and skills needed for the industry.
  • Gain practical skills and move on to higher level courses in patisserie and confectionary.
  • Receive guidance and support from our passionate and well experienced teaching team.
  • Utilise our fantastic facilities and resources to reach your full learning potential.
  • Note: this is a free course which is for learners aged 19+ only (for under 19s interested in this course, please view the Culinary Skills Diploma as it will also cover this content).

What to expect from the course

Free course for Adults aged 19+. Taught by Paul Hollywood's former boss!

This is an ideal course for those who wish to enhance their basic skills and knowledge for professional development or for those who just enjoy cooking and baking at home.

If you love the 'Great British Bake Off', and let's face it, who doesn't - then this is the course for you. You will be taught by Siobhan Sweet who was Paul Hollywood's boss during his time at the Chester Grosvenor!

This course is highly practical and our students leave the college well prepared to start a career in one of the world’s fastest growing industries after having enjoyed a substantial taste of it. You'll gain practical skills and valuable experience working in our superb training facilities.

This course comprises an evening practical class running on a Monday from 5-8pm.

You will work with a variety of tools and equipment to gain skills and knowledge across a selection of these practical units:

• Fermented Goods - Chelsea buns, doughnuts, bread rolls, fruit loaf and focaccia.
• Pastes - short, sweet, choux, suet and puff pastry.
• Hot and Cold Desserts - summer puddings, trifles, crème caramels, panacotta, bavarois, posset, sponge puddings.
• Biscuits, Cakes and Sponge Products - Victoria Sponge, Madeira, cookies, scones, shortbread, brownies, Genoese, cupcakes and many more.

This is a specialist, bespoke course for aspiring pastry chefs, patissiers, home bakers and entrepreneurs who may wish to set up their own business or just want to learn more about pastry and baking. This course is run by Siobhan Sweet, our Michelin starred pastry chef, check her out on YouTube:


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Student Benefits

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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.

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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.

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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

Enhanced employment opportunities.

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

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or over. This course is suitable for complete beginners. Students will require a reasonable level of written English.

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.

Aged 19 or over and unemployed or earning less than £33,958.60 a year? You may also qualify to join this course for free. To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 150.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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