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Bakery Supported Learning NQ

(SCQF level 3)

Food, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 1 year


City Campus


If you have mild learning difficulties this course will support you in learning basic practical skills in Bakery, Cake Decoration and Practical Cookery and give you an insight into the Bakery or Hospitality industry. The course is ideally suited for anyone who benefits from working in a supported environment.

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 well equipped modern classrooms (please see the 'What you Study' section below, for more information on course units).

The course will give you lots of 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.

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 NQ Bakery Level 4 (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

  • National 2 qualifications in Communication and Numeracy are desirable.
  • A keen interest and basic knowledge of bakery.
  • 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.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

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:

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

After the course


This course prepares you for future employment in bakery and catering.

Continuing Study

Progression to NQ Bakery Level 4 (SCQF 4).


How the course is taught

  • Hands on practical lessons.
  • Continuous subject assessment.
  • Written assessments.

Assessment methods

  • Practical and written assessment. 
  • Log book completion.

Additional Information


  • Personal protective equipment (bakery whites).
  • Knives and tools provided.

Dress code

  • Personal protective equipment (bakery whites) for practical lessons.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    30th Aug 2021, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus