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Bakery NQ

(SCQF level 4)

Food, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

24th Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus


The NQ Bakery Level 4 (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.

Successful achievement will allow you to progress onto our NQ Bakery Level 5 course.

Your course is delivered by enthusiastic 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 where you will be able to access your course work, job opportunities and much more.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Levels 4.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two National 3 qualifications preferably including Numeracy and Communication AND some basic knowledge of Bakery; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

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

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

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


The course leads to further study but you may be able to apply for entry-level posts in the bakery industry.

Continuing Study

You can progress to the NQ Bakery Level 5 (SCQF 5).


How the course is taught

A combination of practical based assessments and written assessments.

Assessment methods

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

Open and closed book assessments for theory subjects.

Additional Information


  • Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (Bakery whites) must be worn in all practical lessons.
  • Equipment to be purchased to facilitate practical activities.

Dress code

Bakery Whites in practical classes

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    24th Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus