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Bakery NPA

(SCQF level 4)

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


The National Progression Award in Bakery (SCQF 4) is designed to offer school leavers and those with no formal bakery qualifications an opportunity to study the subject at an introductory level. The course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to progress onto further bakery courses. On this course, you will be able to make a range of sweet and savoury baked goods; including bread, pastries, pies, cakes, gateaux and desserts.

An integral part of this course is the National 5 Practical Cake Craft Qualification, which will provide an introduction to the designing, making and decorating of cakes. This component includes an SQA written Examination, therefore students are required to complete all associated theory lessons in support of the Examination.

 Successful achievement will allow you to progress onto our NC Bakery course.

Your course is delivered by fully qualified lecturers who have extensive industrial experience and the course is structured to include a significant practical 'hands-on' element as well as associated theory units.

Practical lessons are delivered in our state of the art bakeries and theory subjects are delivered in our ultra-modern classrooms equipped with all the latest information technologies. You'll also benefit from engaging with our Virtual Learning Environment; MyCity.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Levels 4 & 5. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Three National 4 qualifications including English and Mathematics and one from Home Economics, Food Technology or Hospitality; OR
  • National Progression Award (NPA) at SCQF level 3 in Professional Cookery; OR
  • Two years experience of working in a commercial bakery; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You’ll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you’ll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject area.


What you study

You'll study:

  • Introduction to Cake Decoration.
  • Introduction to Bread Making.
  • Introduction to Craft Baking.
  • Pastry.
  • Cake Decoration.
  • Food Hygiene.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in the Bakery Industry as a baker, or cake decorator.

Continuing Study

Successful students can progress to NC Bakery (SCQF Level 5).


How the course is taught

A combination of practical based assessments and written assessments.

Assessment methods

NPA Bakery Units are assessed through a series of practical tasks on a continuous basis.

National 5 Practical Cake Craft contains an externally assessed SQA Portfolio.

National 5 Practical Cake Craft contains an SQA Written Examination.

Additional Information


  • Appropriate PPE must be worn in all practical lessons.
  • Equipment to be purchased to facilitate practical activities.

Dress code

  • PPE to be worn in all practical lessons.
  • Smart casual clothes to be worn in theory lessons.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2019, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus