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Bakery Supported Learning NQ

(SCQF level 3)

Food, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

26th Aug 2019, 1 year

26th Aug 2019, 1 year


City Campus


If you have mild learning difficulties, this course will help you learn practical skills in Bakery, Cake Decoration and Practical Cookery so you can find a job in the Bakery or Hospitality industry. The course is also ideally suited for school leavers who would like to work towards the successful completion of a National Progression Award in Professional Cookery at SCQF Level 3.

The course is delivered by fully qualified lecturers who have a wealth of industry experience and is structured to include a significant practical 'hands-on' element as well as associated theory units. Practical units are delivered in our state of the art kitchens and bakeries where you will cover basic preparatory techniques and associated cookery processes used in practical cookery and bakery. Theory units are delivered in modern classrooms equipped with the latest Information Technologies (please see the 'What you Study' section below, for more information on course units).

The course will give students ample opportunities to bake a range of sweet and savoury pastries, cakes, cookies, muffins and donuts. Additionally, you will develop your knife skills in practical cookery lessons when making simple, nutritious dishes for family consumption.

The NQ Bakery course will equip you with the basic skills required in the bakery industry at a trainee level. On successful completion of the NQ Bakery course, students can apply for the NPA Bakery (SCQF Level 4).

The SQA Group Award associated with this course is NPA Professional Cookery (SCQF Level 3). This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 3. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two National 2 qualifications in Literacy or Communication and Mathematics or Numeracy; OR
  • Experience of food technology, home economics and/or hospitality during secondary education is also desirable.
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • One-to-One Interviews will be arranged and students asked to demonstrate an interest and enthusiasm in the subject.

What you study

You'll study:

  • Preparing Food Ingredients.
  • Baking and Finishing.
  • Baked Goods.
  • Food Hygiene.
  • Cookery Processes.
  • Cake Decorating.
  • Communication.
  • Food Preparation.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in bakery and catering.

Continuing Study

Successful students can progress to the NPA Bakery Course, subject to interview and appropriate references.


How the course is taught

  • A series of practical Bakery & Cookery lessons, which are subject to continuous assessment.
  • Written assessments for theoretical units.
  • Multiple Choice Test for Food Hygiene Unit.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment.  Multiple Choice Test for Food Hygiene - CLOSED Book.

Additional Information


  • PPE is essential for participation in all practical Cookery and Bakery classes.
  • Knives and tools appropriate to the task are required.

Dress code

  • PPE for all practical lessons.
  • Smart Casual clothes for all theory lessons.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2019, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus