About the Department

The Food and Drink department allows students to achieve their goals and prepare for future careers in cookery, food and beverage service, hospitality and catering, or patisserie and bakery. Train in modern kitchens and learn how to work in a contemporary commercial restaurant.


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Professional Cookery Diploma | Level 3

This course improves your advanced professional cookery techniques. It develops your preparation and cooking of complex dishes including shellfish, me...

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Baker Apprenticeship Level 2

This programme will focus on making bread products in an industrial, in-store or craft bakery environment.

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Professional Patisserie & Confectionery City & Guilds Certificate Level 2

Pursue a patisserie and confectionery career with this programme. Alongside the practical patisserie and confectionery skills that you will gain using...

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Patisserie and Confectionery General Certificate | Level 3

This course will develop your advanced patisserie and confectionery techniques across chocolate, dough, pastries, sponges, hot and cold desserts and d...

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The Food and Drink department is proud to offer impressive facilities to help you receive the very best education experience – including world-class kitchens, a chocolate and cake decorating room, a commercial restaurant, and one of the region’s largest butcheries. There’s also the opportunity to showcase the results of your hard work in the student shop, where staff, students and outside customers can buy your handmade items at a very competitive price.


What food and drink courses are available at Leeds City College?

We offer a wide variety of exciting programmes – including Professional Cookery; Hospitality and Catering; Professional Patisserie & Bakery; and Hospitality, Supervision and Leadership. These range from Entry 3 courses and apprenticeships to Level 3 diplomas, so there’s something to suit every ability and level of experience.

Will I get to train with professionals?

Yes – you’ll work alongside experienced chefs and pastry chefs from across the region. All our professional tutors have many years’ experience gained from working both here in the UK and abroad.

What progression routes are available?

The department offers progression routes from Entry 3 through to Level 3, giving you plenty of opportunities to build your skills.

Does the college offer any financial support for students?

Eligible students can apply for the college bursary, which covers travel passes, college meals, trips and uniforms. Those with children can also apply for a childcare fund to support their studies.

Which campus are you based at?

We’re located at the Printworks Campus on Leeds’ South Bank, just a short walk from the city centre.

How many days would I be expected to attend college for a full-time course?

You will be in college between three and four days, depending on your course.

Do I need to provide my own ingredients and small equipment?

All ingredients are provided as part of all food-related courses, and you’ll be able to taste the fabulous food produced while you learn. Small equipment and professional uniforms will need to be purchased to attend any food-related sessions.

What happens during a food-related session?

These hands-on practical training sessions take place onsite in our dedicated, state-of-the- art kitchen and baking facilities, supported by theory-based lessons delivered online or onsite.

Would I need a laptop or computer for my studies?

A laptop or computer is recommended to support you in your online learning sessions but is not compulsory.


We are committed to making sure all students and staff are protected from harm. Every member of staff is trained in safeguarding and child protection, and our dedicated safeguarding team is on hand for advice and support. We are here for you and will always listen to you.

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Baker Apprenticeship Level 2

This programme will focus on making bread products in an industrial, in-store or craft bakery environment.

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Butcher Apprenticeship Level 2

This programme will allow students to work in butchery which is a highly skilled profession. Butchers display understanding about a range of meat sp...

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Commis Chef Apprenticeship Level 2

This programme will allow students to train in the kitchen to become commis chefs. A commis chef learns how to carry out the basic functions in every ...

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