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Year 2 of Bakery and Patisserie Technology

Year 2 of Bakery and Patisserie Technology

Hello everyone!

A few weeks ago, I did a post about the first year modules that make up Bakery and Patisserie Technology at UCB. This week, I’ve decided to do one about the modules in second year- how UCB describe them and then my opinion of them.

 

Advanced Confectionery and Chocolate

What UCB say:

The bakery and confectionery world is currently of great interest thanks to programmes like the Great British Bake Off raising its profile. You will develop your skills and knowledge using industry methods and processes with the production of your own chocolate confection bar and patisserie products for the luxury confectionery market.

What I thought:

So far, this has been my favourite module on this course. I love history and part of this module’s assignments was to research the history of afternoon tea and its various components. I had Sam as my lecturer and she was a really helpful- happy to read through my assignment with me and talk about ideas for my practicals. She’s also a really great teacher and I learnt a lot about the theory of different patisserie items and how to make them.

 

 

Contemporary Bread Production

What UCB say:

The contemporary bread production module allows students to both produce the products and study the technical aspects of typical bread and morning goods found on UK retailors’ shelves. Where possible,the automated food manufacture process is replicated by the students in the UCB bakery suite.

What I thought:

The bread made in this module admittedly wasn’t as exciting as artisan bread in year one, but I loved going to the science labs after practicals to analyse the bread we had made the week before. One of my favourite days was also when we got to go and taste our doughnuts in the sensory lab. I had Richard again who is a fab lecturer, very knowledgeable in his field and clearly cares about his classes.

 

 

Contemporary Patisserie

What UCB say:

This module is designed to provide the students with an introduction to all the essential elements of professional pastry production, including working with tempered chocolate and boiled sugar. Students will be challenged to produce a plated dessert utilising standardised recipes and considering current market developments.

What I thought:

This was a very exciting module. I had absolutely no plating experience before, but came out of it with a first! I developed my skills and although I think the module needs a little reshuffle in terms of the order things are taught, I enjoyed it overall. I was taught by Kali who gave very helpful comments and feedback.

 

 

Food Production Management

What UCB say:

Ethical and financial pressures are driving the food industry to adopt cost-focused and environmentally responsible processes. You will learn about the key aspects of management and control in food production as well as the responsibilities and challenges facing food production managers. You will also explore customer buying behaviour and the type of market the food production unit will serve.

What I thought:

If I’m going to be honest, I struggled a bit with this module. I didn’t quite understand the assignments very well despite doing a lot of reading and the content of the module didn’t enthuse me, however if you are interested in leadership roles within bakery then this module would be very valuable. We got to go on some factory visits to help aid our learning and I did really enjoy these.

 

Quality Assurance

What UCB say:

This module will provide students with an introduction to quality assurance in relation to food manufacturing and industry techniques used to ensure quality. There will be a series of practical sessions designed to demonstrate the implementation of key quality systems.

What I thought:

This module gave me a really interesting insight into what it would be like working in the quality assurance area of the food industry. We had lots of relevant and informative practical’s that linked well to theory lectures. The method of assessment was not what I am used to but enjoyed the way that it tested our understanding in a more practical way.

 

Options:

Product Design and Process Development

I chose Enterprise

 

Enterprise Start-up Studies

What UCB say:

In this module, you will get an insight into the key points for setting up and running a small business enterprise. You will be undertaking research into areas such as demographics and social trends, location analysis and customer target markets. As a result, you will be able to justify a demand for your chosen product or service prior to starting up your own small business.

What I thought:

I really loved this module and am glad that I chose it. Our lecturer Annamarie has taught this module for a long time and was very organised and helpful. Don’t be put off by the thought of a group assignment, it wasn’t that bad! Having to write and present a business plan is a really useful skill to have, especially if you’d like to set up your own business at some point in the future. Your grade definitely will reflect the effort that you put in- we worked very hard and I came out with one of my best marks I’ve had at uni. Be prepared to do lots of work outside of lecture time if you want that first.

 

 

I hope that this has been helpful!

Until next time,

Ellie x



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