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GMIT Certificate in Pastry and Bakery

Certificate in Pastry and Bakery

Course now full for September 2021.

Discipline: Culinary Arts

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 6

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: See "Essential Information" below

Credits: 20

Places: 16


€1,080 plus material fees of €495

CAO Round 1 Points: Not applicable

Why Study?

This course aims to provide introductory skills for those with a passion for pastry and baking and who are either in the hospitality industry or considering a career change. 


Programme Modules

Learning Outcomes: 

On successful completion of this programme the learner will/should be able to:

1. Foster the intellectual ability in a manner which enables them to make a meaningful contribution in their personal and professional lives

2. Describe the organisation, marketing, costing and control elements of running a professional pastry kitchen

3. Apply scientific principles, technologies and systems to operating a professional pastry kitchen

4. Manage the implementation of food control, food cost, portion and quality control in a professional pastry kitchen

5. Demonstrate a wide range of precision technical culinary skills to produce a variety of pastries, breads and desserts.

6. Show innovation in producing a range of pastry and baking products

7. Apply relevant provisions of legislation and regulation relevant to the hospitality business, including health and safety at work legislation, food safety legislation and the principles of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

8. Identify key academic and independent learning skills appropriate to the hospitality industry

9. Identify current national and international trends in food industry relevant to pastry, baking and desserts

10. Operate effectively within a culturally-diverse environment


See attached program documentation

Career Opportunities

  • Commis pastry chef
  • Apprentice Baker
  • Apprentice Patisserie chef

GMIT has many industry partners, all of whom have immediate employment opportunities for individuals with pastry skills.

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates can apply for the following courses through the CAO ( and may be granted exemptions.

Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts – Professional Chef Programme (Level 6)

Bachelor of Arts in Culinary and Gastronomic Sciences (Level 7/8)

Essential Information: 

What to expect

You will spend one full day (Wednesday) per week in college for the duration of the academic year developing new skills and knowledge.

During this course, you will work in training kitchens and will follow an intensive course of study.


Student Induction

A student induction day is planned on Wednesday 29th September 2021.

You will need to buy uniforms, safety shoes and a knife kit before the course starts. 

GMIT will make full arrangements for this.



Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a  Certificate in Pastry and Bakery (20 credits).


Entry Requirements to a Level 6 award

Minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement grade O6/H7 or higher in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish with a minimum of 160 points.

- OR a Pass in any QQI FET major award at level 5 or 6

- OR Mature applicants (age 23 on or before the 1st January) do not have to meet the Leaving Certificate entry requirements/points, but are considered on an individual basis (previous education, work experience and demonstration of ability and competence to undertake the programme).


Application Process

Please note this course is now full for September 2021 and applications are no longer being accepted. 

How to Apply

***Applications can be made online at, please select application type L6***.

This user guide contains step by step instructions on how to create and submit an online application.

If you have any queries on this please email


Contact Us

Course information

Jacinta Dalton
Acting Head of School
Galway International Hotel School, GMIT.
Tel: 091 742320

Application information

Department of Graduate Studies and Professional Development