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Train to be a Pastry Chef

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Patisserie requires a mastery of technique combined with imagination. If you love Patisserie, our intensive 14 week full-time course is simply the fastest way to launch your career as a qualified Pastry Chef.

An attention to detail, precision, patience and organisation are the traits required to be a successful Pastry Chef. Pastry Chefs are always in demand in the catering industry and this course has been designed to prepare you for the industry.

Whilst our course incorporate the necessary theory required, we maximise the amount of practical training and the majority of your time will be spent in the kitchen.

Over the course of this 14 week you will receive:

  • Expert tuition by experienced Pastry Chef tutors.
  • Small class-sizes.
  • Accredited Patisserie qualification.
  • Good career prospects.

Who is this course suitable for?

Typical ambitions of those that take this course include:

  • launching a career as a pastry chef.
  • opening a cafe, a Patisserie, or a catering business.
  • extending chef skills.
  • personal development.


Course Overview

You will receive a comprehensive training programme that will develop the qualities and skills required to become a successful chef.

Across the course you will progressively learn techniques including:

  • Classical French Patisserie
  • Viennoiserie & Confectionery
  • Grand Bistro Plated Desserts
  • Gateaux
  • Traditional British Cakes
  • Display Work

The skills and techniques you will learn become progressively more advanced across each term.

During your course you will build a portfolio of evidence of all your practical work throughout the course to achieve the qualification.

Term 1 (7 Weeks)

At the start of term 1 you will take a 1 day HABC Food Safety course establishing a best practise approach to food hygiene in the kitchen.

The recipes from the first term have been carefully developed to challenge and give a foundation in classical European Patisserie.

Areas of Study

  • Understanding the Pastry Kitchen.
  • Health, safety and hygiene in the work place.
  • Sweet and Savoury pastries
  • Breads
  • Breakfast breads
  • Tarts
  • Biscuits
  • Cakes and Sponges
  • Desserts and Puddings
  • Ice Creams
  • Chocolate Work

Term 2 (7 Weeks)

This term will include a more in-depth study of bread making, fine-dining plated desserts, pastillage display work and complex sugar work, complex gateaux & moulded chocolates and complex petit fours.

This term will include an assignment covering professional kitchen skills, cost control, menu design and ingredient procurement.

Areas of Study

  • Kitchen management and costings
  • Menu and event planning
  • Advanced breads
  • Laminated and enriched doughs
  • Dessert sauces
  • Plated desserts
  • Sugar craft
  • Petit fours
  • Advanced chocolate work
  • Display pieces
  • Cooking for allergies

Chef Qualifications

All of our courses have been designed in-house by our team of chef tutors to reflect the contemporary skills needed by the modern chef.

Within the courses we incorporate several accredited qualifications that are recognised internationally, but Ashburton courses go above and beyond the requirements of the qualifications to give you the most comprehensive experience possible. You won't find the quality of Ashburton training and experience anywhere else.

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Level 3 Diploma in Patisserie

Innovate Awarding

The Diploma in Patisserie is an Ofqual accredited qualification that reflects your ability to work professionally as a Pastry Chef. Worth 62 credits on the QCF framework it is a valuable Patisserie qualification.

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Level 2 Award In Food Safety


The Level 2 Award in Food Safety is a 1 day foundation qualification in safe food handling that takes place in the first week of the Diploma. A multiple choice exam at the end of the course is required to pass the qualification.

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Diploma in Patisserie

Ashburton Chefs Academy

The Diploma in Patisserie is your record of achievement from the Chefs Academy and our endorsement of your professional skills for future employers.

Course Dates


  1. 2024 Diploma 1
    Tue 16 Jan to Fri 19 Apr, 2024
  2. 2024 Diploma 2
    Tue 03 Sep to Fri 08 Dec, 2024


  1. 2025 Diploma 1
    Tue 14 Jan to Fri 18 Apr, 2025
  2. 2025 Diploma 2
    Tue 09 Sep to Fri 12 Dec, 2025

Frequently Asked Questions

The minimum age is 18 years old

Yes, Chefs Academy courses are full-time, with intensive practical training. This is one of the reasons why our students can achieve so much during their time with us. Academy students can expect to receive around 34 hours+ direct tuition a week.

Our training programmes are intensive-format, which means you spend more time in the kitchen each day learning to cook. This means we can run more courses in the year, coupled with our efficient operation, lower overheads of being in Devon and the fact we are a not-for-profit company makes us so affordable.

However, there is no compromise in the quality of training, course content or ingredients, in fact we think they are better. The benefits for you are that for the equivalent price of a London course, you can get an Ashburton course with our accommodation option.

  • Small class sizes and individual attention.
  • Full-time courses. Learn more, learn faster, graduate quicker.
  • Expert tuition from experienced, professional chefs.
  • A passion for quality, local, sustainable ingredients.
  • A beautiful part of the world, between Dartmoor and the coast.
  • A quality, shared student accommodation option.
  • An excellent reputation and track record of successful graduates.
  • Amongst the best pricing available.

Yes, we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council so you can study with us for up to 6 months. Find out about overseas students entry requirements here..

Not at all. This is a common question we get from mature students who are considering retraining in a new career and are concerned that they are going to feel like they are going back to school. Our courses are not like those offered by a traditional catering college - both in the style of training we offer and the environment you will learn in. The broad range of ages and backgrounds of students on this course will mean you feel very much at home.

The skill requirement to take this course is that of a confident home cook. If you have no prior cookery experience at all we recommend you take either our Beginners Weekend or our 5 day Foundation cookery course first prior to taking this course which will teach you the basic cooking skills you need.

You secure your place onto this course with a £1000 deposit. Your balance is then due 4 weeks before the start of the course which is either by bank transfer, or will happen automatically if you have taken out our finance option.

For full details of our Cancellation Policy please read our Terms and Conditions.

All the food we source is from high quality local, food suppliers. Our fish, meat, poultry, dairy and vegetables are sourced from producers within 25 miles of the Academy. It is our policy to reduce food miles, to source seasonal organic ingredients at every opportunity, and to only use sustainable food stocks. We audit the provenance of all of the produce we use. Your training and your food will benefit substantially from our approach.
We provide you with 2 chef uniforms and 5 aprons to keep, and all the equipment you will need is provided within the course.

Yes, in the first week you will complete a 1 day food hygiene course, for which is an essential qualification in catering.

Yes, our Diploma level courses are available for ELCAS funding for forces service leavers. Find out more here.

No qualification can replace years of experience in a commercial kitchen of course, but we will prepare you to be a skilled chef with a good technical ability, excellent presentation skills and the confidence to be able to cope in a pressured and commercial environment, be that a Michelin starred restaurant or cooking for a private function. Graduates of this course have excellent career prospects.

Pastry chefs are always in demand and you can expect to be able to secure a Junior Pastry Chef position at good restaurants and hotels. Many graduates have chosen to open their own Patisserie shops or start food businesses. With the skills you acquire on this course you will have lots of career options to chose from.

Course Fees

The best quality training at the best price. Everything you need is included in the course fee including chef uniforms, course notes, training and exam registration fees.

Diploma in Patisserie 14 weeks
Option 1: Full Payment £12,995
Option 2: Course Finance
(UK only). Details
£304.14 /month
for 48 months
96 Nights Room (Optional)


You can secure your place on this course with a £1000 deposit. Pay your balance 6 weeks before the start of the course.


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