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FdA Professional Culinary Arts

University of Derby
2 years
Full time
Foundation / Pathway program
On campus
21 September 2020
14,045 GBP
University of Derby

Program description

FdA Professional Culinary Arts

With demand for well qualified chefs and hospitality managers running at an all-time high, our FdA Culinary Arts gives you a strong foothold on the career ladder. In just two years, it equips you with high-level technical skills, in-depth product knowledge and the right professional outlook for success.

Why choose this course?

Learn from industry-renowned chefs at one of the top UK universities for culinary arts. With its exciting focus on real-world learning in the workplace, our two-year FdA Culinary Arts is the ideal choice for aspiring professional chefs and restaurant managers who want a fast track route to success.

Is this course for you?

Practical and creative, you will apply practical skills and knowledge to real industry scenarios. In just two years, it equips you with high-level technical skills, in-depth product knowledge and the right professional outlook for success. There will be many opportunities for you to meet industry professionals through guest lectures and industry days.

Opportunities and experiences

Undertaking work placements is an integral part of your course: it could be with a Michelin-starred restaurant or leading international hotel There is also the chance to join our short study visits abroad or to spend time studying with one of our international partners.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications.  We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.
A level EEE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits:
45 at Level 3
15 at Level 2
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

Non-UCAS tariff based Level 3 qualifications from subject related areas may also be considered for entry, eg NVQ/VRQ in Professional Cookery or other related subjects.

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above

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Program content

How you will learn

You will develop your practical skills in our modern, industry standard kitchens under the expert supervision of our chefs. Experiencing both the food service and the food production sides of culinary operations, you will also develop invaluable skills in areas such as customer relations, problem-solving, team-working, communication, critical thinking, supervision and leadership.

You will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of events, such as weddings and banquets to graduation ceremonies and conferences, so you will develop your technical skills as a culinary professional.

Tuition fees

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,045 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.


Professionally accredited

Culinary Arts is part of the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism which is an International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE). We are the only UK institution to hold this accreditation, which recognises us above our peers for excellence in education.

This course is also accredited by the Institute of Hospitality, boosting our professional credibility.

Career opportunities

Careers and employability

Our FdA Professional Culinary Arts graduates are highly employable because the course offers such a powerful combination of academic knowledge and hands-on experience.

It means you can look forward to career opportunities in a wide range of settings nationally and internationally. These include hotels, independent and branded restaurants, contract catering, private houses, the armed services and food production enterprises.

You could progress to roles such as chef de partie, pastry chef, assistant kitchen manager, off-site catering chef, production chef or development chef – to name but a few.

Please note that this course will be studied at our Buxton Campus until September 2022. If you are commencing your studies in September 2021 you will study your first year at our Buxton Campus and your second year at our Derby Campus. If you are commencing your studies in September 2022 you will study the full duration of your course at our Derby Campus.

About this institute

University of Derby

University of Derby

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Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB Derby

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