School of Artisan Food

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The last few places remaining for the UK’s first-ever artisan food production degree are on offer for students who have an interest in becoming a skilled artisan food producer.

Every year, 16,000 food and drink brands emerge into the UK market but 90 percent don’t make it past their first year of trading. This new degree will marry together the practical food skills with the business acumen needed to be one of the 10 percent who survive with invaluable business planning, finance and marketing from experienced practitioners tailored to the food industry sector.

With the UK bakery market worth £3.6 billion in retail sales, according to the Federation of Bakers, and a rising demand for more unique, artisan, locally produced food and drink that has good provenance and use high-quality ingredients, there has never been a better time to set up a micro food business.

This exciting new course will be delivered by professional artisan food specialists The School of Artisan Food in partnership with Nottingham Trent University, with regular Open Days at the School on the Welbeck Estate including 26 July and 2 September.

Students will learn all aspects of artisan baking, cheesemaking, butchery, charcuterie and patisserie creation as well as being given the tools needed to launch their own artisan food business upon graduation.

The School of Artisan Food can also demonstrate a high level of employment success amongst its Advanced Diploma of Artisan Baking graduates with business springing up regionally in Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Peak District and Rutland as well as further afield in Cambridge, Oxfordshire, Norfolk, Newcastle and Bristol, as well in other countries including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Belgium.

The brand new Foundation degree in artisan food production kicks off in September 2019 with teaching taking place at NTU’s Brackenhurst campus as well as the School of Artisan Food. With the course being accredited by a university, student finance is available.

Entry qualifications are 64 UCAS points; or three A Levels at DDE; BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma MPP as well as passes at GCSE English and Maths.

The Foundation degree – which can be studied either two years full time, or three years with a placement – will help to meet the increasing demand for skilled producers of high-quality artisan food that is sustainably produced.

Julie Byrne, managing director of The School of Artisan Food, said: “We are really looking forward to working with Nottingham Trent University to inspire the next generation of artisan food producers. This new course will give students the toolbox they need to be successful in the world of artisan food.”

Teaching will be split between the university’s Brackenhurst Campus, home to the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, and The School of Artisan Food, based in North Nottinghamshire on the Welbeck Estate. 

Students will learn all the skills needed to work in the artisan food industry – developing practical expertise, producing a range of quality food products and understanding what is needed to establish an artisan food business. 

The course includes an opportunity to work in a placement in artisan food production, to help students prepare for a career in the sector.

Students will have access to The School of Artisan Food’s purpose-built training rooms and a demonstration theatre, as well as all of the facilities at the Brackenhurst Campus, including the food processing laboratory and the expertise of the employability team.

Modules include:

Year One
Artisan Bread Production
Patisserie and Viennoiserie
Artisan Dairy Production
Food Chemistry
Artisan Business Entrepreneurship and Marketing

Final Year
Consumer Nutrition and Health
Advanced Artisan Bread Production
Artisan Business Operations and Finance
Artisan Business Planning
Food Industry Employability
Artisan Butchery and Charcuterie
Advanced Viennoiserie and Chocolate Patisserie

To book an Open Day visit, visit The School of Artisan Food’s website.

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