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Professional Culinary Arts, FdA

Professional Culinary Arts, FdA

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months


With demand for well qualified chefs and hospitality managers running at an all-time high, the FdA Professional Culinary Arts from University of Derby gives you a strong foothold on the career ladder. In just two years, it equips you with high-level technical skills, in-depth product knowledge and the right professional outlook for success.

Work-based learning to the fore

Practical hands-on experience is central to this foundation degree, which is designed in close collaboration with employers. You will undertake structured work-based learning and integrated work placements to help you apply the theory to real-world scenarios.

Experiencing both the food service and the food production sides of culinary operations, you will also develop invaluable skills in areas such as customer relations, problem-solving, team-working, communication, critical thinking, supervision and leadership.

At the end of the two years, you can choose to leave with a well-respected FdA qualification or – if you have a minimum of a merit profile – can progress to the final stage of our BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Arts.

Programme Structure

To complete the FdA Professional Culinary Arts, you'll study modules such as: 

Stage one
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Contemporary Catering Business
  • Skills and Processes 
  • International Cuisine
  • Nutrition and Wellbeing
  • Professional Kitchen Operations 
Stage two
  • Research Skills
  • Advanced Bakery and Pastry Techniques
  • Food and fermentation Science
  • Exploring the Meal Experience

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • UCAS points - 48 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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