Pastry and Confectionery

Level 3 Diploma

Course code
Type of study
Examination board
City and Guilds

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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. 


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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The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. South Downs College is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at South Downs, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student


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


Pastry chef

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