Bakery, Patisserie and Confectionary

L3 Level 3
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Our 1 year bakery program is the perfect course for those individuals considering further learning and progression in bakery training and education, and will provide a higher level for a career in the bakery industry. Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, this qualification will develop the knowledge and practical skills in breads and confectionery, that will be required to work in the college's bakery. Training alongside industry professionals, students will learn in top class facilities, including huge training kitchens, butchery's, bakery's and our landmark City Centre restaurant 'The Classroom'. This programme offers pupils the opportunity to develop higher level practical skills and knowledge in a wide range of bakery manufacturing techniques.

Must be able to work early mornings in our in-house bakery, enter competition work and also work part-time in a bakery business or catering business.

What you will study

For a full Level 3 Diploma in Professional Bakery (FDQ), the learner will have to successfully complete 55 credits. Units include modules such as:

  • Craft skills in Sugar-Wired Flowers
  • Craft skills in Chocolate & Ganache
  • Craft skills in Bread & Doughs
  • Craft skills in Almond & Sugar Confectionery
  • Advanced Celebration cakes
  • Advanced Piping Skills/Royal Icing
  • Advanced Fondant & Modelling Skills

Entry requirements

Level 2 diploma or certificate in bakery. Already a professional in the bakery business or own a bakery, patisserie or confectionary business or possess a level 2 catering qualification with skills relevant to the bakery profession.

Teaching and assessment

Coursework including practical assessments and written assignments

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



FDQ Level 3 Diploma In Professional Bakery


What our students say

The course has opened loads of opportunities for me – I got to the semi-finals of the Nestle Torgue d’Or and won in Skills Competition Wales and will compete in WorldSkills UK. This course has made me really excited for my future.

Ruby Pile
Hospitality Management level 3 student

Career prospects & further study


Cardiff Capital Region currently has over 78,000 jobs in the Hospitality and Catering Sector and this is predicted to grow 6.3% by 2025. (EMSI 2021).

After completing this programme, successful candidates may progress onto higher education courses. Many students also pursue various employment opportunities within the industry. 


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE