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Culinary Arts Management with Professional Placement FdA

University College Birmingham

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  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**Course snapshot**Whether you want to be an executive head chef at a 5-star hotel, manage the kitchen of a high-profile restaurant or create new products as a development chef, University College Birmingham's Culinary Arts Management foundation degree course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience you need. Learn in our incredible professional training kitchens and state-of-the-art facilities, supported by award-winning chef lecturers and our excellent industry links. With a one-year placement built into your course, you'll gain substantial work experience that will help open doors in the culinary arts industry, while you will also have the option to continue studying for a full BA (Hons) degree.**Who’s the course for?**Our course is designed for anyone keen to enter a range of careers in the food industry, such as new product and menu development, catering or food service management.**Why should I study this course?**- **WORK PLACEMENT** – Boost your employment prospects through a one-year placement in the culinary arts industry, with opportunities around the globe- **PRACTICAL APPLICATION** – Put your training into practice with opportunities such as working at Michelin-starred restaurants (e.g. Simpsons, Carters of Moseley), supporting product development with major firms like Mars or working in our outstanding restaurant on campus- **COMPETITIONS** – Showcase your skills in a variety of industry competitions – you could follow in the footsteps of our past winners at Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or (five-time winners), Zest Quest Asia (two-time champions), BCF Young Chef of the Year and many more- **ENRICHMENT** – Enjoy a variety of visits and masterclasses by celebrated chefs and food industry experts**Great! Tell me more**Accredited by the Institute of Hospitality and the University of Birmingham, this course features a year-long placement in the second year, during which you will not incur any tuition fees. Opportunities are available in the UK and overseas, with our past students having worked at the likes of The Savoy (London), Celtic Manor (Wales), Gleneagles (Scotland), Ashford Castle (Ireland) and the White Barn Inn and Spa (USA).Our industry-standard kitchens provide a real-time working environment for developing your skills and are used regularly for prestigious competitions, such as Michel Roux Jr's annual scholarship contest. Our £2m Food Science and Innovation Suite features the latest testing and diagnostic technology alongside state-of-the-art development kitchens, while our award-winning Restaurant at Birmingham College of Food will support your hands-on skills, from serving fast food to silver service.You will need to buy a uniform and specialist equipment for this course. University College Birmingham can help cover the costs for this through our Kick-Start scheme.**What skills will I gain?**You will gain a wide range of first-class culinary skills, business skills and an extensive knowledge of management, along with a full year of industry experience.You will acquire a strategic perspective on the culinary arts industry, understanding how to manage change as well as innovate and develop new food concepts.The third year of the course also offers a range of optional modules which allow you to specialise in areas of the industry that interest you, including managing pub operations, events planning or classical patisserie.**What about the future?** Our graduates have gone on to build very successful careers in a variety of sectors including fine dining, new product development and contract catering. Others have started their own business enterprises in areas such as specialist food production, consultancy and licensed retail.Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 12,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : CD

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.


University information

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University College Birmingham

  • Campus address

    University College Birmingham, Summer Row, Birmingham, Birmingham, B3 1JB, England

25% of the university’s students are from overseas, with undergraduates from around 65 countries across Europe, America, Africa, the Middle East and Far East.
Many of the university’s courses are offered in partnership with the University of Birmingham.

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