• 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 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
  • The coffee shop and pastry industry
  • Ownership / employment in a wide range of professional coffee shop and bakery settings
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include: 


  • City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts (8064-01) City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Culinary Arts and Supervision (8064-06)

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

Willie Rochford

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