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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.

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Hospitality Tutor
Robert Haynes

Topics Covered In This Qualification

If you undertake this Level 3 Diploma in Professional Patisserie you will cover knowledge in:

-  Produce petits fours

- Supervisory skills in the hospitality industry

- Produce hot, cold and frozen desserts

- The principles of food safety supervision for catering

- Produce paste products

- Practical gastronomy

- Produce fermented dough and batter products

- Produce biscuits, cakes and sponges

- Produce display pieces and decorative items


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

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to take this qualification. This qualification can be undertaken without any previous training or qualifications in this subject area.

Ideally learners will have completed the Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery before progressing onto this Diploma.