• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The BA Professional Culinary Arts (Hons) (Top-Up) from University of Derby is ideal if you already have an appropriate foundation degree or HND with at least a merit grade profile. It leads to a highly regarded degree which will raise your professional status and give fresh momentum to your career plans.


The perfect course to round off your degree

The culinary arts sector has witnessed an upturn in recent years, with burgeoning interest in the sourcing, preparation and production of food. 

With 70,000 restaurants in the UK alone, there has never been a better time to advance your career. The hospitality industry faces severe skills shortages, especially for managers and chefs, and it is estimated that a further 300,000 skilled staff will be needed by 2020 to keep pace with growth.

Devised in response to current and future industry demands, this one-year top-up course puts you in prime position to seize the opportunities ahead. It fosters all the key professional, technical and managerial skills you need.

You will deepen your existing knowledge of both the food service and the food production sides of culinary operations. There is the chance to develop specialisms within culinary arts and to gain long-term views of kitchen management and product development. We will also take your organisational, planning and decision-making abilities to the next level.  

Careers and employability

As a BA Professional Culinary Arts (Hons) (Top-Up) from University of Derby graduate, you will be equipped with all the real world experience that today’s employers expect. Leading names in the industry seek out our graduates because they are professional, talented and ‘work-ready’.

Our graduates typically secure progressive careers in kitchen, restaurant and hotel management. They are now succeeding in senior roles everywhere  from large international hotel chains to Michelin-starred properties, independent restaurants and conference venues.

On completing this course, you could take up positions such as food and beverage supervisor, commis chef, commis pastry chef, chef de partie, graduate trainee restaurant manager, sales executive, licensed retail manager or contract catering manager – to name just a few.

Graduate success stories

Our graduates are now excelling in world-renowned Michelin-starred restaurants and kitchens. Their destinations include:

  • Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
  • Fera at Claridge’s in London
  • Restaurant Marcus in London
  • Simpsons in Birmingham

Some of our graduates have also drawn on the entrepreneurial skills they gained during their studies to launch their own hospitality enterprises, including a gastropub and craft brewery, an off-site catering venture and a celebration cake making business.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

To complete the BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Arts (Top up), you will study modules such as:

  • Professional Kitchen 
  • Patisserie and Confectionery
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • Contemporary Issues in Culinary Arts
  • Anthropology of Food
  • Independent Study in Culinary Arts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

A Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation degree, or have completed two years of a relevant three year undergraduate degree.

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 12 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 12 months.
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