University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Culinary Arts Management with Professional Placement

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Course summary

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OVERVIEW If you want a qualification that will really open doors in the food industry, our Culinary Arts Management foundation degree course is the perfect choice for you. From Michelin-starred restaurant owner Brad Carter to Raymond Blanc Cookery School senior tutor Rebecca Boast and a string of stars on the BBC’s MasterChef TV series, University College Birmingham students have enjoyed stellar careers after graduating from this course – and you can follow in their footsteps. Whether you want to be executive head chef at a 5-star hotel, manage a high-profile restaurant kitchen or create new products as a development chef, our flagship culinary course will give you the skills, knowledge and experience you need. From our incredible professional training kitchens and our award-winning Restaurant at Birmingham College of Food to our cutting-edge Food Science and Innovation Suite and our expert chef lecturers, there is no place better for you to perfect your culinary skills. As a key part of the course, you will complete a one-year work placement with extensive opportunities available in the UK and overseas. You will also have the chance to gain additional awards such as food hygiene certification, while we have a vast quantity of industry contacts to provide you with opportunities for further work experience, expert masterclasses and culinary competitions. WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • Work placement – Boost your employment prospects through a paid one-year placement in the culinary arts industry, with opportunities around the world
  • Practical application – Take on 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 campus restaurant
  • Competitions – Prove your abilities in a range 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
FACILITIES University College Birmingham is renowned for its outstanding food industry training facilities. As a student on our Culinary Arts Management course, you will have access to our professional standard kitchens which are used regularly for prestigious competitions, as well as our Food Science and Innovation Suite which features the latest food testing and diagnostic technology, state-of-the-art development kitchen facilities and a bespoke sensory evaluation room. In addition, we have an AA Rosette Highly Commended restaurant on campus – Restaurant at Birmingham College of Food – which is open to the public and will arm you with hands-on skills, from serving fast food to silver service. PLACEMENTS Our course features a one-year paid placement during your second year, during which you will not incur any tuition fees. Opportunities are available in the UK or overseas. Employers we have worked with include White Barn Inn and Spa (Maine, USA), The Savoy (London), Gleneagles (Scotland), Celtic Manor (Wales), The Landmark (London) and Ashford Castle (County Mayo, Ireland). CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Head chef
  • Sous chef
  • Food business owner/restaurateur
  • Catering manager
  • Product development chef
  • Culinary arts lecturer
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BA (Hons) degree.
  • Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Commodities, Health and Nutrition
  • Culinary Arts Development
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality Operations
  • Kitchen and Restaurant Operations
  • Managing for Profit
  • Developing Employability for Hospitality
YEAR 2 Work Placement YEAR 3
  • Creative Kitchen Management
  • Global Menu Development
  • People Management for Hospitality Managers
  • Management of Food and Beverage Operations
  • Marketing Communications for Hospitality
  • Hospitality Investigations
Plus one option from:
  • Gastronomy
  • Events Planning
  • Managing Pub Operations
  • Classical Patisserie – The Modern Way
- Creative Beverages

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website: www.ucb.ac.uk ASSESSMENT Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course (weighting will vary depending on optional modules):

  • Coursework – 52%
  • Practical assessment – 32%
  • Written examinations – 16%
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
N228
Institution code:
B35
Campus name:
University College Birmingham
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic)BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own TestBA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Unistats information

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82%
Student satisfaction
70%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK: If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/undergraduate-fees/ EU and International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx

Provider information

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Clearing contact details

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Course Clearing information

Additional information

Haven’t secured a place at university? Don’t panic! You can apply for a place at UCB through the clearing process, which opens every year in July. Not familiar with the clearing process? Here, you will find everything you need to know to get the ball rolling and secure your place at UCB. Our team of dedicated clearing advisors have your very best interests at heart and will guide you through every aspect of your application. Simply call us on 0121 604 1040 and we’ll get you started on your journey.


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