- Langside Campus
- SCQF Level
- Start Date
- 24 Aug 2020
- Qualification Type
- Course Type
- Short Full-Time
- 18 weeks
Applications to this course are now closed.
National Progression Award (NPA) in Bakery at SCQF Level 4 develops practical bakery skills in craft baking, bread making, cake decoration and pastry making.
This award is ideal if you are pursuing a career in the bakery or catering industries, but do not necessarily have any prior experience.
What will I learn?
The NPA in Bakery provides the flexibility and knowledge which is valued by employers. Practical lessons are delivered in our kitchens by Professional Chefs and theory subjects are delivered in our classrooms equipped with all the latest information technologies. You can also benefit from engaging with our new Inclusion Centre.
Previous students have achieved on average 90% pass rate and have enjoyed external visits including a visit to Arran as a Farm To Fork project, Garden to The Plate, Curry Week, Coffee Mornings.
A few student quotes on this course are:
“I couldn’t believe how quickly I learnt to bake professionally.”
“It was great fun decorating the cakes.”
“I loved baking the breads and I want to continue to learn.”
- Bread Making: An Introduction
- Craft Baking
- Cake Decoration: An Introduction
- Food Hygiene for the Hospitality Industry
- Building Own Employability Skills
- Assist with An Event
- Safety in the Professional Kitchen
- Group Award in Bakery
Employer and industry links
We understand what employers want from students and work closely with them to allow you to achieve relevant qualifications that are acceptable to industry. This course includes an Employability Skills unit. They will also practice interview skills and compile a CV. Current job vacancies are posted on the Student Board.
Jobs and further study
The units in this NPA give you a platform to progress onto further education or into employment.
You can progress to further study in:
- Hospitality: Practical Cake Craft National 5
- NC in Bakery at SCQF Level 5
- NPA Professional Cookery Level 4
- NQ Practical Cookery Level 4
- NQ Professional Cookery
- NPA Professional Cookery Level 5
- NQ Professional Cookery Level 5
- Employment in the hospitality industry.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- No formal entry qualifications are required
- You must have an interest in the catering and hospitality industry
- An interview will be part of the selection process
- Proof of residency will be required
- ESOL Level 2.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
- If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited for an interview
- Interviews will take place from February and may continue until the course starts in August
- The interview will initially be a group interview followed by a short one-to-one in private with a lecturer, where you will be given details of the course and its content and allowed to ask any relevant questions
- After your interview, you will be informed of the outcome by email within 1-2 weeks.
The outcome would be one of the following:
- unconditional place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place
- conditional place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place
- waiting list - you have met all the entry requirements, however, the course is full. If places become available you will be contacted usually around the course start date
- unsuccessful - you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options.
Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
If a place is unavailable at the campus of your first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, for example student funding, joining instructions, kit list and an induction date.
This will normally be sent out within three weeks of you accepting a place.
Your induction and information day will be the first day of your course, where you will be given a uniform, a knife pack to use on the course and a tour of the college.