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Culinary Arts

Subject description

Celebrity TV chefs have transformed the restaurant trade and many students on Culinary Arts courses want to run their own businesses. If you are thinking along these lines because you enjoy preparing food and creating menus, then a Culinary Arts degree course could be the one for you.

Culinary Arts courses prepare people for careers in the international hospitality industry and train them for positions such as chef de partie, sous chef and head chef. Courses combine business and management knowledge with skills in, for example, food processing and cooking, food art and presentation, ethnic cookery and patisserie. They are aimed at students direct from school/college and at people with experience or who have culinary arts skills. One-year top-up courses, sometimes with a link year, are often available if you have a Foundation degree or HND.

Example areas of study

Courses differ in their emphasis on management and culinary arts (some lead to a BA, others to a BSc) so you need to check the focus of the course before you submit your application. The list below conveys example areas of study from  Culinary Arts courses and are intended as a guide to the core and optional modules found.

  • Business operations
  • Food resourcing, preparation and presentation (kitchen/larder/pastry)
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Food hygiene management
  • Wines and spirits
  • Food and beverage management
  • Recipe and product development
  • Menu planning
  • Kitchen management
  • Restaurant skills and supervision
  • Food production and merchandising
  • Information management
  • Costing, financial control and accounting
  • Managing people and organisations
  • Hospitality services management
  • Law for restaurants and licensed premises
  • Gastronomy
  • Ethnic and vegetarian cuisine
  • Customer care and guest relations
  • Marketing management
  • Foreign language
  • Research methods

Some career possibilities

Opportunities may include, management and professional culinary arts posts; chefs in hotels (large/small, national/international), restaurants, conference venues; self-employment.

What do I need to get on a course?

The entry requirements for Culinary Arts courses vary so it is best to check with the institutions themselves as to what grades and qualifications are required before you submit your application.

  • UCAS Tariff: 180 - 200 points
  • A-level: CC-BB
  • SQA Highers: CCC-BB
  • SQA Advanced Highers: CC-BB
  • Work experience: in a relevant environment

For your application or interview, evidence of the following could be useful:

  • Work experience/work shadowing, for example in restaurants or hotels (essential for some courses)
  • Skills and knowledge about food preparation
  • Passion about, and interest in, food
  • Interest in the business and management side of running a restaurant

To find out more about the typical subjects you will study, potential career paths and further information useful for your application log-on to Course Discover at www.coursediscoveronline.co.uk*

*NB: Your school or college will need a subscription to Course Discover in order for you to gain access, for further information go to:www.coursediscover.co.uk

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Extract from Course Discover
Some elements of this article were developed from You Want to Study WHAT?! Volume II by Dianah Ellis, published by Trotman & Company Ltd, 2003
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