VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery

Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AT30399 GLH: 384 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/4805/0 Units: 9 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 53

Additional Information


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionery is a technical level qualification that will prepare learners for a career in the specialist field of professional patisserie and confectionery. This qualification is based on national standards and is formally supported by a range of hospitality businesses and the Institute of Hospitality - a professional body recognised in over 100 countries with a responsibility for promoting quality standards and education across the breadth of hospitality sectors.

This qualification is suitable for 16- to 19-year-old learners and builds on existing knowledge and skills of cookery to prepare learners for a career as a pastry chef or patissier.

The qualification has 9 mandatory units that will develop specialist patisserie and confectionary skills using a variety of advanced techniques to produce biscuits, cakes and sponges, hot and cold desserts, petits fours, dough and batter products and to display pieces and decorative items. Food safety supervision is also included to ensure learners understand the importance of kitchen organisation and food safety. A full list of mandatory units and qualification structure can be found on page 4 of the Record of Assessment book (RoA).

Career Opportunities

Learners who complete this qualification will be able to seek employment as a pastry chef or patissier in a variety of contexts, including:
- Hotels
- Restaurants
- Specialist bakeries
- Specialist cafes and tearooms
- Gastro pubs
- Cruise liners

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 9 components and earn a minimum of 53 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV31163 A/601/6565 Produce petits fours 3 6 56
UV31178 J/600/9151 Supervisory skills in the hospitality industry 3 8 30
UV31179 J/601/6567 Produce hot, cold and frozen desserts 3 6 50
UV31181 K/502/3775 The principles of food safety supervision for catering 3 3 25
UV31186 K/601/6562 Produce paste products 3 4 38
UV31190 L/600/9152 Practical gastronomy 3 11 60
UV31191 L/601/6568 Produce fermented dough and batter products 3 4 37
UV31197 R/601/6569 Produce biscuits, cakes and sponges 3 6 49
UV31198 R/601/6572 Produce display pieces and decorative items 3 5 39

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
1st Leap Training 01752 341079 Visit website Devon - Plymouth
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Eastleigh College 023 8091 1028 Visit website Hampshire
Dover Christ Church Academy 01304 872867 Visit website Kent
Leicester College 0116 224 2240 Visit website Leicestershire - Leicester
Southport College 01704 500606 Visit website Merseyside - Sefton
Nottingham University Samworth Academy 0115 929 1492 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Guildford College of Further and Higher Education 01483 448500 Visit website Surrey
Bradford College 01274 088 088 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
Khameen Professional Institute +233 30 340 2152 Visit website Ghana
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
CitySmart Hospitality Management +8424 3728 6161 Visit website Vietnam
Coleg Y Cymoedd - Ystrad Mynach 01443 816888 Visit website Cardiff
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire
Coleg y Cymoedd - Aberdare 01685 887500 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Rhondda 01443 663202 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff