Professional Pastry Chef Level 3

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Trafford College


Altrincham Campus

Course Overview

The programme is for students who have completed NVQ Level 2 Food Preparation and Cooking or who have equivalent pastry experience and now wish to specialise and advance their skills in this area.

Trafford College’s award winning Aspire Restaurant has been nationally recognised by the AA and is open to the public for lunch and dinner and offers a realistic working environment. There are four well equipped industry standard kitchens for training purposes and a demonstration kitchen for presentations and masterclasses.

During the course, all learners will need to complete an extended work placement as part of their study programme. As a bonus, industrial and educational visits are also included in the study programme.

Further Details


College 16-18

Course Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 1 Year


Hospitality & Catering

5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including maths and English at grade 4 or a level 2 certificate or diploma in a related subject.
The course is modular with units covering the specialised areas.
Units include:

Establish and develop positive working relationships in hospitality
Maintain health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment
Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
Prepare, cook and finish complex bread and dough products
Prepare, cook and finish complex cakes, biscuits, sponges and scones
Prepare, cook and finish complex pastry products
Prepare, process and finish chocolate products
Prepare and cook complex hot desserts
Prepare and cook complex cold desserts
Produce sauces, fillings and coatings for complex desserts

Successful students may progress on to another Level 3 qualification or a Level 4 Hospitality Leadership qualification, or employment.

Assessment is continuous by observation of practical skills, development of a portfolio with photographic evidence and multiple-choice questioning to test underpinning knowledge.

On successful completion you will achieve NVQ Level 3 Food Preparation and Cooking in Pastry and Confectionery.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course).

19+ learners – please contact the Customer Services Team on 0161 886 7070 for course and fee information.

A chef’s uniform, footwear and specialist equipment must be purchased by all students. You will need to undertake an extended work experience placement as part of your study programme.

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