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Course summary

This unique BBA Culinary Industry Management, jointly delivered by Birkbeck and the renowned Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute, provides you with a firm foundation in culinary techniques and the skills required to manage successful food businesses or to progress your career in the service industry.   This culinary industry management degree allows you to address key concepts in the culinary arts while learning the project management and development skills required of managers in food businesses in the twenty-first century. You will also gain experience of a real food business work environment through an internship component. Some of the employers we have worked with include the Maybourne Hotel Group, The Ritz London, and Roka and Zuma.   The course also enables you to develop your research and presentation skills together with your ability to design, develop and implement systems that assist in the successful operation of a food business. It encourages forward thinking and the ability to develop ideas that may provide a positive contribution to the changing needs of the global food industry and the environment in which it operates. Teaching on this London-based culinary management degree is equally split between Birkbeck’s Department of Management and Le Cordon Bleu London.  If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to engage with Le Cordon Bleu by attending culinary demonstrations and networking events. Please note:  This is an academically rigorous course which is best suited to individuals who are looking to progress into a culinary/food service management role, while gaining an understanding of culinary arts techniques.   Highlights

  • This unique BBA, which combines business and management content with modules in culinary arts and hospitality, is the only one of its kind in London.
  • Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute is an internationally recognised leader in the teaching of culinary arts, with a team of classically trained Master Chefs, and Wine and Hospitality professionals. Its London centre has state-of-the-art facilities for the delivery of its culinary courses and its close proximity to Birkbeck enables students to move between both sites easily.
  • Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.
  • We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
Careers and employability Graduates will be able to pursue career paths in areas such as:
  • new product and recipe development
  • concept development
  • food production management
  • food and beverage management
  • training
  • entrepreneurs setting up their own business.
We offer a comprehensive Careers Service - Birkbeck Futures - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

Examinations, including practical examinations for the culinary modules, and coursework in the form of essays, case studies, presentations, group-work tasks and in-class tests plus a final research project.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Le Cordon Bleu

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
D691
Institution code:
B24
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. You must be aged 18 or over when the programme starts to be considered.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Applicants who do not hold the desired qualification may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises English and mathematics.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16020 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Culinary Industry Management with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS