The School of Artisan Food offers the UK’s first advanced diploma qualification in artisan baking.
Our diploma programme is a one-year full-time vocational course.
If you’re furthering your education, wanting to change career direction, or following a lifelong passion, the School of Artisan Food offers the academic excellence and practical application required for you to fulfill your personal and professional goals.
The Practical Choice
The diploma's hands-on classes have been developed to give students a solid foundation and broad knowledge in baking and patisserie.
Students also broaden their skills with practical production classes in food areas outside of their major study.
Students follow a course of classes, demonstrations and hands-on sessions in state-of-the-art training environments and kitchens to gain a thorough working overview of their food discipline which amounts to around 65% of the course.
Experienced teachers work closely with students to teach both the science and practical application of artisan baking, with classes supported by a number of tutorials. Assessments take a variety of forms and include practical exercises, oral and written exams and ongoing coursework.
In addition to practical training, students complete modules in food science and anthropology, and in the social, political and environmental context of today’s food landscape. The qualifications allow students to develop a special appreciation of the significance of artisan food and drink in today’s world.
The advanced diploma includes classes in food business and management to prepare students for rewarding careers in their chosen field.
A number of additional classes, seminars and activities are available to support students in their training and development. These include guest lectures by leading artisan food producers.
Gaining experience within the artisan food and drink industry is an integral part of the advanced diploma. Placements offer students valuable insights into the practice of artisan producers. These placements help to develop skills that support the theoretical and practical modules of the diploma, whilst providing an opportunity to forge industry links for the future.
The advanced diploma equips students with the practical and theoretical knowledge to work within a variety of employment sectors. Students may pursue careers with existing artisan food producers, or create their own artisan food businesses. Alternative options include the food distribution and retail sector, food journalism, developing food, health and wellbeing policy and managing and implementing food education initiatives.
A number of graduates have set up their own businesses, including:
Two Magpies Bakery, Southwold. www.twomagpiesbakery.co.uk
Seven Hills Bakery, Sheffield. www.sevenhillsbakery.co.uk
Forge Bakehouse, Sheffield. www.forgebakehouse.co.uk
The Sherwood Charcutier. www.thesherwoodcharcutier.co.uk
Bean Hill Farm, Derbyshire. www.beanhillfarmcastleton.co.uk
Mike's Fancy Cheese. www.mfcheese.com
To apply for an Advanced Diploma click here