• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Top up an existing qualification to achieve a full honours degree in just one year. On this Professional Culinary Arts (Hons) (Top-Up) course from University of Derby you’ll learn from our award-winning team in some of the UK’s best university facilities at Buxton’s Devonshire Dome.


The BA Professional Culinary Arts (Hons) (Top up) offered by 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 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.  


As a BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Arts 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’.

Graduates of the course 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Typical entry requirements:

  • You need to have an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject. In addition you are required to have 5 GCSEs grades A-C (or grade 4) including Maths and English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    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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Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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