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Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts - SPRINGBOARD+

Closed for applications. Contact us at the end of May regarding September 2020

Discipline: Culinary Arts

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: Level 6 Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts or equivalent

Places: 16


Free to unemployed, otherwise €750 if employed.

Why Study?

This course aims to develop management and leadership competences in chefs.

It will allow you to better position yourself for supervisory and management roles in kitchen operations.

It will prepare you for careers in the Culinary Arts, food service, food manufacturing and hospitality industries by developing your capacity to contribute to and lead the professional and strategic direction of organisations.

The primary focus of the course is to provide upskilling opportunities for professional chefs to prepare them for a variety of roles in supervisor/management of kitchens and other food retail outlets including delicatessens, gastro pubs, catering outlets and restaurants.



The three main industry sectors targeted in the design of this course are:

  1. The hotel industry, represented by the Irish Hotels Federation with 1,000 members and 57,000 employees
  2. The pub trade, represented by the Vintners Federation of Ireland, with 4,000 members and 40,500 employees
  3. The restaurant industry, as represented by the Restaurants Association of Ireland with 3,500 members and 72,000 employees

The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) has looked at the data over a 3-year period and has identified several insights, trends and patterns. What is important to note is the growth in tourism numbers and spend across the regions, which ties in with Failte Ireland's strategy for increasing regional tourism distribution. Staff training and development will be vital to delivering this strategy.


January 2020. Closed for applications. Contact us at the end of May when we should know if it is funded to run in September 2020 under the Springboard program.


Programme Modules

Learning Outcomes: 

On this course you will:

  • learn to apply fundamental nutritional concepts to develop interesting recipes;
  • use advanced techniques to further your creative culinary abilities in the production of contemporary dishes;
  • equip you with the skills to develop as a culinary leader and trainer in a continuing progressive sector;
  • apply business concepts to the management of culinary enterprises;
  • learn how memorable food service enhances consumer experience;
  • enjoy a wide-range of learning experiences in the production and refinement of advanced confectionery techniques
  • experience the excitement of developing your own new food products and showcase them to the public

Career Opportunities

Through the development of artistic skills and knowledge delivered on this programme, graduates have found employment in leading hotels and restaurants at home and abroad.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • Sous chef
  • Head chef
  • Executive chef
  • Food production manager

Follow-on Studies: 

On successful completion of this programme you may apply to progress to the final year of a Level 8 programme in Culinary Arts in GMIT or elsewhere.

Essential Information: 

Application Process:

Apply on in Wk1 June 2020 (if it is funded for Spetmber 2020)

To complete the application process you must email the following:

  1. A scanned copy of your EU Passport, or a scanned copy of your non-EU Passport with a copy of your Stamp 4 Visa
  2. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae

​You must also include one of the following with your application:

  • A scanned copy of a recent payslip, if employed, showing your PPSN
  • A scanned copy of a recent payment slip if in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/ Benefit
  • A copy of a recent Bank Statement showing receipt of a different eligible Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection payment
  • A letter from your accountant confirming that you are self-employed
  • An affidavit signed by you and the appropriate third-party confirming that you are a homemaker

When sending jpgs they must be attachments to your email, not jpgs within emails. Documents submitted as ZIP files cannot be accepted - they must be submitted as individual documents.


If you do not have a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts you may be eligible through our Recognition of Prior Learning process.


The Springboard+ Programme is operated by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020.


Contact Us

Peter Butler
Graduate & Professional Development
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
Galway City

(091) 742328