This new degree, jointly delivered by Birkbeck and Le Cordon Bleu London, provides a firm foundation in culinary techniques and management studies that are not only applicable to food businesses but also across other service industries.
The programme addresses key concepts together with the project management and development skills required of managers in food businesses in the 21st century. You will gain experience of a real food business work environment through an internship component whilst also developing your academic, practical and interpersonal skills. The programme also enables you to develop your research and presentation skills together with your ability to design, develop and implement systems that assist in the successful operation of a food business.
The programme encourages forward thinking and the ability to develop ideas that may provide a positive contribution to the changing needs of the global food industry and the environment within which it operates. Once you graduate you will be equipped to enter a variety of management careers in the food industry.
How to apply
If you are applying for a 3-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). To apply, go to the UCAS homepage and click on 'Apply and Track'. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you complete an application form.
Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C in GCSE-level English and mathematics. Applicants who do not hold this level of qualification may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises mathematics and English. This audit assesses an applicant’s potential to cope with, and benefit from, a particular programme of study.
This degree is taught collaboratively with the Le Cordon Bleu. In order to run the programme it is necessary for Birkbeck to share your personal data with the Le Cordon Bleu. Once you submit an application and your data is shared with the Le Cordon Bleu, you will be considered to be a customer of both Birkbeck College and Le Cordon Bleu. All data held by the Le Cordon Bleu will be treated in line with their data handling policies available at https://www.cordonbleu.edu/website-privacy-policy/en. A data sharing agreement exists between Birkbeck and the Le Cordon Bleu which requires your data to be transferred and stored securely. In order to submit an application and enrol (if offered a place) you must agree to Birkbeck sharing your data in this way.
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Application deadlines and interviews
15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.
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We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
UCAS tariff points
The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.
Applicants will normally be expected to have grade C in GCSE-level English and mathematics. Applicants who do not hold this level of qualification may be required to carry out a skills audit at a selection evening, which comprises mathematics and English. This audit assesses an applicant's potential to cope with, and benefit from, a particular programme of study.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Full-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.
On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs:
This course involves practical classes, and it is compulsory that students purchase a Le Cordon Bleu uniform for these sessions, the total cost of which will come to approximately £150. In addition, students will be expected to purchase knives and a knife case to be used in their practical classes. Depending on the brand and quality, students should expect to pay between £200 and £2000 for these items.
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Careers and employability
Graduates will be able to pursue careers in areas such as retail and new product development; restaurant development and operations; sales and marketing; hotels, resorts, convention and exhibition centres, and health resorts; the food industry, including large-scale catering; corporate and employee catering; public and private healthcare, and education; procurement; or they may wish to set up their own business.
Teaching and assessment
This programme is delivered jointly by Birkbeck and Le Cordon Bleu. Modules from the Department of Management are taught mostly through lectures and small group seminars; professional practice modules are delivered at the Le Cordon Bleu School and are taught via a combination of workshops or demonstrations and practical sessions.
Usually 2 classes (day, evening or weekend) at Le Cordon Bleu and 2 evening classes at Birkbeck each week.
This programme includes an internship during summer vacation between Years 1 and 2.
Examinations, including practical examinations for the culinary modules, and coursework in the form of essays, case studies, presentations, group-work tasks and in-class tests plus a final research project.