Pastry and Confectionery

Level 3 Diploma

Type of study
Examination board
City and Guilds


This course is aimed primarily at people who are currently working, or have recently worked, in the hospitality and catering industry, and who have ideally completed pastry or cookery skills at Level 2.

By enrolling on this programme you’ll gain theoretical and practical skills across a range of areas, including: health, hygiene, safety and security, bread and dough products, cakes, biscuits and sponges, various pastry products, hot and cold desserts, chocolate products, sugar work, marzipan and petit fours. 

You’ll also be involved in visits to various establishments and may have the opportunity to work with celebrity chefs. Plus you’ll participate in the College’s gastronomic banquets.

Importantly, you’ll undertake a work placement and carry out industry related experience. Furthermore, you can benefit from our strong links with major hospitality and catering organisations, including: The Royal Household, country house hotels, cruise ships and fine dining restaurants. 


Availability & Details

Pastry and Confectionery, City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma HSDC-SD-CN2PC

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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You should have achieved professional pastry or cookery skills up to Level 2, or have evidence of work related roles.

On this course you will study:

  • Supervisory skills in the hospitality industry 
  • The principles of food safety supervision for catering
  • Practical Gastronomy
  • Produce fermented dough and batter products 
  • Produce petits fours 
  • Produce paste products
  • Produce hot, cold and frozen desserts 
  • Produce biscuits cake and sponges 
  • Produce display pieces and decorative items

Learning will be provided by lectures, workshops and demonstrations, assignments and activities with an emphasis on self directed development.

You will be assessed through practical and theoretical application.

100% pass rate of those students that complete the course

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I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study at South Downs, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

You take control of your own learning…they (South Downs College) were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student


You will be able to pursue pastry positions in the industry.


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