BSc (Hons) Culinary Arts Management with Placement

Course summary

culinary arts students

This unique course gives you the technical and practical skills required for a career in culinary arts whilst educating you about the industry and giving you valuable professional management skills.

You will also develop intellectual critical thinking and problem solving, essential to a career in any sector.

The theme of the course is employability through skills acquisition, experiential learning, industry exposure and academic rigour. The college has well developed industry links, through patrons and sponsors, to both network and develop relevant skills demanded by today's employers.

Why choose this course?
On this course, you will develop a range of kitchen and patisserie techniques as well as studying theoretical modules in areas such as food microbiology, diet and nutrition and gastronomy.

You will also undertake a range of management modules to help you to develop the business and people skills needed to become a successful manager within the industry.

Additionally you will gain valuable work experience in your work placement a minimum of 40 weeks (1400 hours) over the course of an academic year.    The placement will be undertaken in a well-recognised establishment, where you will be able to practise your technical and professional skills.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a stage or participate in industry events. UWL patrons and placement providers are aware of the need to gain industry exposure, and provide excellent opportunities for students at leading establishments in London and surrounding areas.

This can include visits and field trips, as well as working with renowned industry professionals on events through the Colleges’ active celebrity guest demonstration and speaker schedule. The College is successful in national and international competitions and students are encouraged to participate, as this is an opportunity for them to raise their personal profile in the industry.

Career and study progression
This is a vocationally-focused course, suited to those seeking a career in the food industry.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

How will this course be assessed?

Year one
8% written exam, 45% practical exam, 47% coursework

Year two
19% written exam, 39% practical exam, 42% coursework

Year three
8% written exam, 28% practical exam, 63% coursework

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Course detail

Graduating at the University of West London means that you will be developing the following graduate attributes and become:

  • a creative and enterprising professional
  • a reflective and critical lifelong learner
  • a globally aware individual.

Year one (Level 4)

  • Principles of Management and Leadership 
  • Food and Beverage Operations I 
  • Kitchen Foundation 
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance 
  • Pastry Foundation 
  • Food Microbiology and Hygiene

Year two (Level 5)

  • Production Operations Management 
  • Diet and Nutrition 
  • Managing Human Recourses 
  • Research Methods for Managers 
  • Food Innovation 
  • Options: International Beverage Provision or Applied Sciences for Modernist Cuisine 

Year three: Placement year

Year four (Level 6)

  • International Gastronomy for Food Production Managers 
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
  • Culinary Design Concepts 
  • Strategic Food and Beverage Management 
  • Product development
  • Service Industries Dissertation or Business Project

Entry requirements

You will need 112 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications. These can include:

  • A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade A*-C) or Level 2 equivalents.

If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Entry into Level 5
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board.

Entry into Level 6
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you:

  • have significant supervisory or management industrial experience and wish to enhance your skills, knowledge and expertise
  • have a Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject (or equivalent qualification).

International students

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

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Fees for overseas students

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Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

If you are making an early application, before UCAS has opened, you can apply directly to the University by clicking the red 'apply now' button above. You should also use this button to receive specialist information if you are applying for Nursing and Midwifery courses.

More about how to apply to the University of West London.

International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Teaching methods

The teaching and learning strategy is to encourage the active learner and to promote a 'can do' attitude in all things hospitality. Practical skills acquisition at each level of the course is firmly linked to the underpinning knowledge required to drive the practical product forward. You are required to apply an appropriate level of independent study and research to keep ahead of practical applications and industry norms.

Learning materials

In addition to the taught course, curriculum related learning may take place off-site and should be attended smartly presented in business style attire commensurate with the task or venue. The hospitality industry is a disciplined profession often reflected in smart personal presentation.

Guest speakers and practitioners from leading sector providers attend the school throughout the academic year offering valuable insight and knowledge to the learner. You are strongly advised to attend as many of these events as possible, where feasible, tutors may alter session times to allow students to attend.

Student support

We have a well-developed range of services and facilities to help support you through your course. You will have access to a variety of sources of support depending on individual circumstances and needs including a personal tutor and, in some instances, a mentor.

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Jobs and placements

The credited 42 weeks paid placement is organised through the Placement Service, as part of the Centre for Employability and Employer Engagement (CEEE) and will require successful completion of module assessments as a part of academic progression to level 6.

Career and study progression

On graduation, you are likely to start in a junior role progressing quickly to supervisory roles. Popular careers include:

  • food production management
  • product development
  • food and beverage management
  • education and training
  • food and equipment promotion and writing
  • private chef
  • chartered yacht chef.

Study progression

Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about.
On successful completion of this course you may consider going on to study Masters in Culinary Arts.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the InterContinental Hotels Group, The Savoy, Thomas Cook Travel, Cobra Beer, and the Royal Palaces. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.