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, UCB's flagship Culinary Arts Management degree course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience you need. Our acclaimed College of Food and Hospitality Management boasts incredible professional training kitchens and state-of-the-art facilities, along with award-winning chef lecturers and excellent industry links. With a one year placement built into your course, you'll graduate with substantial working 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 the course?

  • WORK PLACEMENT – Boost your employment prospects through a one-year placement in the culinary arts industry, with opportunities around the world
  • 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 restaurants on campus
  • COMPETITIONS – Prove your abilities in a range of industry competitions – you could follow in the footsteps of our past winners at Nestle 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 some more UCB has a vast array of industry contacts to provide you with a wealth of exciting opportunities during and after your course, including work experience at local Michelin-starred restaurants, expert masterclasses, guest lectures and the chance to work with major names in product development such as MARS. Our past students have also completed placements at organisations such as the White Barn Inn and Spa (USA), Wickaninnish Inn (Canada), Claridge's (London), Une Table au Sud (France) and Ashford Castle (Ireland). You can also put yourself to the test in a range of culinary competitions, with our students recently scooping accolades in events such as the Nestlé Professional Toque d'Or, Culinary World Cup and International Young Chef Olympiad. In addition to our industry standard kitchens and fully-equipped food and beverage laboratories, our multi-million pound Food Science and Innovation Suite comprises two specialist kitchens, a bespoke sensory evaluation room, a pilot plant and science facilities. You will need to buy a uniform and specialist equipment for this course - UCB 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 financial strategy, small restaurant management or events planning. 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 courses at UCB such as our MA/PGDip Culinary Arts Management course.

Course details

Modules

YEAR 1

  • Commodities and Nutrition
  • Culinary Skills Development
  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality Operations
  • Kitchen and Restaurant Operations
  • Managing for Profit
YEAR 2 Work Placement YEAR 3
  • Creative Kitchen Management
  • Culinary Research and Development
  • Human Resources for Hospitality Managers
  • Management of Food and Beverage Operations
  • Marketing Communications for Hospitality
  • Research Principles
Plus one option from:
  • Gastronomy
  • Events Planning
  • Managing Pub Operations
  • Contemporary Patisserie
YEAR 4
  • Culinary Product Development
  • Hospitality Operations Management
  • Research Project
  • Strategic Hospitality Management
Plus one option from:
  • Financial Strategy
  • Small Restaurant 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 per week (in lecture rooms)
  • Smaller group teaching – 2 hours per week
  • Practical kitchen session – 10 hours per week
  • Tutorials – 1-2 hours per week
  • Subject advice sessions – 2 hours per week
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

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Transferring from another university At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. What do I need to do? To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/ucb-direct-apply Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.

International applicants

All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/direct-application/intro 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

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]
A level CCC UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Scottish Higher You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points
HNC (BTEC) P A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.
HND (BTEC) P A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

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.

UCB English Language Requirements

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


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 - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/undergraduate/fees-funding-and-scholarships/full-time-tuition-fees-and-finance/full-time-tuition-fees.aspx 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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0121 604 1040

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.


Course contact details

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0121 232 4447

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