University College Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Birmingham

Culinary Arts Management with Professional Placement

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Course summary

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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 flagship Culinary Arts Management 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. And with a one-year placement built into your course, you'll graduate with substantial work experience as well as a degree that will really open doors in the culinary arts industry. 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. Our 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 financial strategy. 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. Alternatively, upon completing the BA (Hons) degree, you can progress onto study at postgraduate level, including our MA/PGDip Culinary Arts Management course at University College Birmingham.

Course details



  • 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
  • Culinary Product Innovation and Creativity
  • Hospitality Operations Management
  • Research Project
  • Strategic Hospitality Management
Plus one option from:
  • Financial Strategy
  • Culinary Entrepreneurship Management
  • Cross-cultural and Global Management in Hospitality
  • Innovation and Creativity Management in Hospitality and Tourism
- Personal Effectiveness and Behavioural Skills

Assessment method

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Teaching Example of a typical teaching week (up to 19 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 4 hours
  • Smaller group teaching – 2 hours
  • Practical kitchen session – 10 hours
  • Tutorials – 1-2 hours
  • Subject advice sessions – 2 hours
You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. Assessment Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course (weighting will vary in Year 3 and 4 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 2015-2020.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their previous course matched for entry. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form. We may also need to contact you regarding your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Year 1 Entry: Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications. Advanced Entry: If you are unsure if your previous higher education qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email: [email protected]

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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £11500 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2020/21, 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 or EU 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/EU Fees please go to our website here - International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here -
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