• CERTIFICATION:City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts – Patisserie
    • (8064-02)
    • City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Barista Skills (7102-53)
  • DURATION: One Year


These qualifications cover transferable as well as job role specific skills using a holistic approach to training learners will cover all the skills necessary to be work ready for the barista pastry and baking industry. Sustainability awareness is now a key part of the offering, and addresses critical challenges facing the barista pastry and baking industry on a global level.

Programme of Study
  • The Barista, Pastry and Baking Industry 
  • Business success 
  • Customer service
  • Awareness of sustainability in the barista pastry and baking industry 
  • Professional work standards 
  • Personnel effectiveness and selfdevelopment 
  • Food safety 
  • Menu planning 
  • Preparation of Barista style coffees such as espresso, americano, cappuccino, latte, teas, smoothies and many more. 
  • Presentation of Latte art for the perfect coffee 
  • Manage and run your own cafe and bakery within the college 
  • Mise en place (preparing the bakery and Coffee service areas ready for service) 
  • Preparation of modern Cakes, Biscuits and Sponges from scratch 
  • Preparation of a selection of traditional pastry and dough products from scratch 
  • Preparation of Hot and Cold desserts using classical recipes 
  • Couverture preparation and chocolate work for the modern Coffee house / patisserie

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following a successful interview

Career Opportunities
  • Coffee shops
  • Bakery Settings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Catering Industries
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include: 

TUD - Technological University Dublin

  • Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts TU643)

TUS - Technological University of The Shannon (Athlone Campus)

  • Pastry Baking and Desserts NFQ level 6
  • Culinary Arts Higher Cert in Arts AL660/NFQ level 6

ATU - Atlantic Technological University (Galway Campus)

  • Certificate in Pastry and Baking skills GA_OPABG_N06/ 1 year/level 6
  • Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts AU429/2 years/level 6

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements). 

Course Co-Ordinator

Ewelina Pajak

Where are they now?

maria moreno centenero"The warm atmosphere that I found during the course coming either from my classmates, making my days very inspiring and enjoyable and my teachers motivating or supporting me to handle tough moments such as assignments, theory or practical exams. After the baking and pastry course was finished, I was selected among BIFE students to go to Malaga (Spain) to attend an Erasmus+ training programme in a Cake shop called Candy’s for three weeks which gave me the opportunity to learn loads of things and new recipes. A month later I was back in Dublin I applied for a job in one of the most prestigious and awarded patisserie producers in Dublin Le Pâtissier. I absolutely believe the knowledge gained in this BIFE course has brought a comprehensive set of valuable skills to manage the position in this work with the best manners I am able to do thanks to this baking course."  - Maria Moreno Centenero

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