Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: HC3D3 GLH: 370 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6999/0 Units: 14 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2021
Level: 3

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 04 December 2019



Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie and Confectionary is a technical level qualification aimed at 16-18 learners who are in a full-time Level 3 education programme and wish to pursue a career in patisserie and confectionary as a pastry chef or patissier.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, a learner will ideally hold a Level 2 qualification or equivalent in professional cookery.

What does this qualification cover?


This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for professional cookery and patisserie and confectionary and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a pastry chef of patissier. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Planning for preparing, cooking and finishing dishes
- Food safety for catering
- Produce petits fours
- Development of working relationships in hospitality
- Supervise a safe working environment in the hospitality industry
- Produce hot, cold and frozen desserts
- Produce past products
- Practical gastronomy
- Produce fermented dough and batter products
- Produce biscuits, cakes and sponges
- Produce display pieces and decorative items

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant health and safety and how to plan for the preparation, cooking and finishing of a variety of dishes. Learners will develop the knowledge, understanding and advanced skills and techniques to produce petits fours, hot, cold and frozen desserts, paste products, fermented dough and batter products and biscuits, cakes and sponges. Learners will also learn how to develop working relationships in hospitality, how to produce display pieces and decorative items and the art of practical gastronomy. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?


Whilst there are other VTCT professional cookery qualifications at Level 3, this is the only qualification that specifically focuses on patisserie and confectionary and prepares learners for employment as a pastry chef or patissier.

Which subjects might complement this qualification?


As a service-sector qualification, vocational subjects which may complement this qualification include, customer service, business studies and management, food and beverage service and hospitality. Academic subjects that may complement this qualification include maths, English, design and technology, food technology and travel and tourism.

What could this qualification lead to?


As a pastry chef or patissier, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

- Hotels
- Restaurants
- Gastro pubs
- Specialist bakeries
- Specialist cafes and tea rooms
- Visitor attractions
- HM prisons
- Hospitals and care homes
- Cruise liners

Who supports this qualification?


This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been submitted to the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2016, and will be first reported in the technical level category of the 2018 16-19 performance tables.

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the hospitality sector. Because of this, the knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:


NameWebsite address
The Institute of Hospitalityinstituteofhospitality.org
Calcot Manorcalcotmanor.co.uk
Fox & Hounds, Cattistockfoxandhoundsinn.com
Hebascahebasca.co.uk
Penventon Park Hotelpenventon.co.uk
The Seafood Restaurant Padstowrickstein.com/eat-with-us/the-seafood-restaurant



Qualification Structure

Components - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
HC3D3.EX1 External Examination 1 HC3D3 3
HC3D3.EX2 External Examination 2 HC3D3 3
HC3D3.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment HC3D3 3



Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 11 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UHC11M T/507/5488 Food safety for catering 3 30
UHC17M F/507/5509 Produce petits fours 3 60
UHC21M R/507/5515 Development of working relationships in hospitality 3 30
UHC25M M/507/5523 Supervise a safe working environment in the hospitality industry 3 30
UHC26M F/507/5526 Produce hot, cold and frozen desserts 3 60
UHC28M Y/507/5533 Produce paste products 3 30
UHC30M K/507/5536 Practical gastronomy 3 30
UHC31M J/507/5544 Produce fermented dough and batter products 3 30
UHC32M Y/507/5547 Produce biscuits, cakes and sponges 3 30
UHC34M H/507/5552 Produce display pieces and decorative items 3 30
UHC93M R/507/5580 Planning for preparing, cooking and finishing dishes 3 10



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

Centres approved to run this qualification

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Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
1st Leap Training 01752 341079 Visit website Devon - Plymouth
Bolton College 01204 482000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
The Manchester College - Fielden Campus 0161 674 7401 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Openshaw Campus 01785 774100 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Wythenshawe 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire