The School of Artisan Food

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Advanced Diploma in Baking

The rise and resurgence of real bread has seen an increase in demand for multi-skilled artisan bakers. The advanced diploma in baking provides students with a thorough understanding of the bread making process. Through constant hands-on, professional training learn about the ingredients, production methods and baking techniques required to produce a wide repertoire of breads and pastries. Taught in a professional, working bakery, the programme positions graduates with the skills needed to work in the industry.

The School of Artisan Food offers the UK’s first advanced diploma qualification in artisan food production.

If you are 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

Classes  are designed to give students a solid foundation and broad knowledge in bakery and patisserie.

Students complete three full days of bread baking and one full day of patisserie in each week. Classes are taught by widely recognised industry experts, bakers and patissiers including Wayne Caddy, Mickael Jahan and Graham Dunton.

Practical Training

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 qualification.

Experienced teachers work closely with students to teach both the science and practical application of artisan food production, 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.

Contextual Studies

In addition to practical training students complete modules in food science, business and anthropology, and in the social, political and environmental context of today’s food landscape. 

All diploma disciplines include classes in food business and management to prepare students for 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.

Work Placement

Gaining experience within the artisan food and drink industry is an integral part of the Diploma. Placements offer students valuable insight 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.

Placement providers have included;

The Welbeck Bakehouse

Hambleton Bakery

Pump Street Bakery


E5 Bakehouse

Bettys of Harrogate


And many more...

Graduate SuccesS

A number of graduates have set up their own businesses, including:

Two Magpies Bakery, Southwold.

Seven Hills Bakery, Sheffield.

Forge Bakehouse, Sheffield.

Modern Baker, Oxord.

Viviane's Artisan Bakery, London.

Rutland Charcuterie Company, Rutland.

The Sherwood Charcutier.

Bean Hill Farm, Derbyshire.

Mike's Fancy Cheese.

To apply for an Advanced Diploma click here