The School of Artisan Food is a world-class, registered charity, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to teaching skills in artisan food production.

The Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking is firmly established as a recognised and respected qualification within the artisan baking industry. The level 4/5 FDQ accredited six month intensive, full time course, combines vocational training and academic study and gives students the comprehensive set of skills required to succeed as artisan bakers, entrepreneurs and managers. The School works with donors to establish Scholarship and Bursary awards every year by connecting donors with eligible students enrolling on the Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking.

The role of the School is to help determine how students will be chosen for an award and to match donor’s criteria with the needs of applicants.

On an administrative level, the School is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that students are selected according to set criteria and in an objective non-discriminatory way with confidentiality and compassion
  • Arranging payment of awards

Selection criteria

Award recipients are chosen based on a set of criteria and must be eligible UK students.

The priority a donor gives each criterion can affect the recipient selected. For example an award for a student who has demonstrated aptitude and high grades in bakery may result in a different recipient than an award based on local socio and economic factors.

Some common criteria:

  • Aptitude in a particular subject or field of study
  • A genuine interest in artisanal food production
  • A positive attitude (recommendation from teachers from local schools/FE colleges)
  • Financial need
  • Age (priority for under 25s)
  • First generation to engage in HE

  • Selection process
    Recipients for awards are selected by the School of Artisan Food Trustees or their representative. Students attending direct from local colleges may be recommended by their teachers for receipt of an award.

    The following process applies:

    1) Trustees or their representative will choose students that best fit the criteria. In this case students do not apply and an award will be allocated to them

    2) A nomination process can be utilised where teachers can recommend students for awards. Recommended students will be invited to write in to tell the School in less than 500 words why they should receive an award. The Trustees or their representative will then review all applications and choose who best fits the criteria.

    3) An application process may be used where students apply directly to the School and assessments are made based on the criteria listed above in line with any restrictions based on the selection process by donors.

    Payment of awards
    Students that are successful in being awarded a bursary will be notified in writing following assessment by the Trustees or their representative.

    Any award will be deducted from the total course fees and a statement will be sent along with details of the bursary award.

    Any bursary awarded is confidential.

    Find out more - download our Advanced Diploma brochure.


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