Hospitality - NPA Bakery SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

The NPA Bakery has been designed to equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge required for employment within the bakery industry.
The craft bakery industry currently has a skills shortage, the public are requesting better quality and varieties of breads and flour confectionery made by traditional methods, and there is now a rise in the artisan baker and flour confectioner.

It is therefore vitally important to improve sales and productivity by boosting the skills of this sector’s workforce. Increasingly, to meet the growing demand of clientele, hotels and restaurants are reverting to traditional methods of craft baking to produce their own in-house speciality breads and pastries.

The NPA is also suitable for those returning to work, upskilling or transferring from other sectors.

Special features:

  • The course consists of 4 varied mandatory units
  • Gain relevant skills
  • Hands-on practical lessons
  • Recognised SQA Qualification
  • Great for fans of Great British Bake-Off!

Entry requirements

No specific entry requirements required but you must have an interest in bakery.

Course content includes:

  • Craft Baking: An Introduction
  • Bread Making: An Introduction
  • Cake Decoration: An Introduction
  • Pastry



How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Face-to-face teaching in college training kitchens and classrooms.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

1 academic year

4 hours per week over 36 weeks

Course cost: £352

Dependent on your individual circumstances you may be eligible for a fee waiver

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of this course may lead to employment within the bakery industry.

Alternatively, you can also progress on to a number of our hospitality courses, with likely progression being onto our Silver (SCQF Level 5) Programme.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

“The NPA Bakery course is a well-structured and varied qualification.  It offers a great basis for further pastry and patisserie studies and a good set of basic skills leading to employment as a Baker or in the Pastry section of a Professional Kitchen.

Students love the hands-on nature and the ability to work with a variety of different ingredients and methods. Above all, it’s a lot of fun!”

Darren Bate, Lecturer

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