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Culinary Arts Management BA (Hons) / FdA

University College Birmingham
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
21 September 2020
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Program description

Culinary Arts Management

This degree course is accredited by the University of Birmingham.

UCB boasts incredible professional training kitchens used by the likes of Michel Roux Jr. to find his yearly scholar, plus a fine dining restaurant and bistro to perfect your real-life skills, a food science and innovation suite for cutting edge research and award-winning chef lecturers to teach, support and guide you. There’s nowhere quite like University College Birmingham to really hone your cooking skills, gain first-class experience and achieve a degree in Culinary Arts Management that will really open doors.

Our vast industry contacts - from celebrated chefs to top food producers - means there are no end of exciting opportunities for you to take advantage of during and after your studies. These include:

  • Work experience opportunities at Michelin-starred restaurants including Purnell’s and Simpsons in Birmingham and Carters of Moseley
  • Masterclasses with experts such as Michelin-starred pastry chef Anthony Audebaud
  • Working on new food products with some of the biggest names in product development such as MARS  
  • Competing in a wide range of culinary competitions that will not only test your skills, but your ability to work under pressure

Competitive success

There’s nothing more thrilling than the pressure cooker of competing and our students enjoy success after success on some of the world’s most high-profile competitive stages. Our trophy cabinet is brimming and in the past year alone, our accolades include:

  • Nestle Professional Toque d’Or finalist 2019 – UK catering industry’s most prestigious competition - finals in April / May 2019 (UCB is a four-time winner)
  • Bocuse d’Or – most prestigious culinary competition in the world – placed in Top 10
  • Culinary World Cup – English National Junior Team ranked in Top 12 (double silver)
  • The Professional Kitchen Show Salon Culinaire – six golds for our Royal Academy Culinary Arts (RACA) apprentices
  • WorldSkills UK – world championships of vocational skills - finalist
  • Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards – two students win place in ‘hall of fame’
  • Competing in a wide range of culinary competitions that will not only test your culinary skills but also your ability to work under pressure

Making their mark – Our alumni 

From Michelin-starred Brad Carter to Rosie Ginday MBE, our students and alumni from the College of Food are doing incredible things. 

Inspiring trips and experiences

Our students enjoy a world of additional opportunities to broaden their horizons. Here is a small selection from 2018.

  • The Chefs Forumevent hosted by UCB – students showed off Spanish cooking skills
  • Collaboration with MARSto create healthy and affordable convenience food range
  • Visit to Westlands - world leading producer in herbs and horticultural advancement
  • Masterclass with Michelin-starred pastry chefAnthony Audebaud
  • Visit by catering specialistsfrom Etterstad College in Norway
  • Masterclass with top gin expertChris Hoy from Masons Yorkshire Gin

Kitchen facilities

The University has a total of nine industry-standard training kitchens which regularly are used for prestigious chef competitions and demonstrations. Practical sessions are also held in the 'Create It' and 'Innovate It' kitchens in the Food Science and Innovation Suite.

“The kitchens were very well designed and would give students a first-hand experience of industry standards. In fact, some kitchens were better than 5-star hotel kitchens that I have worked in around the world.”

- Ajay Chopra, acclaimed Indian celebrity chef

Kick-Start Scheme

All new students studying a full-time, undergraduate or PGCE course, paying fees at the maximum rate (£9,250), and with a student status of Home, EU or Channel Isles are eligible to receive £300 per year via the Kick-Start Scheme. To find out more about how these funds can support your studies and your future career, and to find out if you are eligible for an additional £500 per year, visit Kick-Start FAQs. 

Open days

Our  open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.

Program content

Year 1

  • Commodities and Nutrition
  • Culinary Skills Development
  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality Operations
  • Kitchen and Restaurant Operations
  • Managing for Profit

Year 2 

  • Work Placement 

Year 3

  • Creative Kitchen Management
  • Culinary Research and Development
  • Human Resources for Hospitality Managers
  • Management of Food and Beverage Operations
  • Marketing Communications for Hospitality
  • Research Principles

Plus one option from:

  • Gastronomy
  • Events Planning
  • Managing Pub Operations
  • Contemporary Patisserie

Year 4

  • Culinary Product Development
  • Hospitality Operations Management
  • Research Project
  • Strategic Hospitality Management

Plus one option from:

  • Financial Strategy
  • Small Restaurant Management
  • Modern Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Cross-cultural and Global Management in Hospitality
  • Innovation and Creativity Management in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Personal Effectiveness and Behavioural Skills

Please note

The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.



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University College Birmingham

University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s biggest regional city, University College Birmingham (UCB) is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. UCB specialises in vocational courses in both the Higher Education and Further Education sectors with...

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I first visited UCB as a 16-year-old on an open day and could not believe how incredible the facilities were, while the lecturers and chefs I met on that day inspired me with their passion. I am now senior tutor at The Raymond Blanc Cookery School. I was lucky enough to be put forward for an interview at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons by...
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I was studying Food Technology at A-Level when I visited UCB and was blown away by the facilities. The whole experience university proved to be really good for me. I wouldn’t have had half of the opportunities I’ve enjoyed without the help of the lecturers on my course. Within months of graduating I was working as head chef at leading housing...
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I started my foundation degree with UCB after I came here to study Level 3 Professional Cookery, and fell in love with the place. I did two placements in the US last year which were life-changing: one in the kitchens at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Naples, Florida, and one at the Chatham Bars Inn in Massachusetts. It was an amazing opportunity t...
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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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