Kerry ETB
Kerry ETB

Introduction to Pastry and Baking (Skills to Advance)

The aim of this course is to provide the learner with skills to work independently in a pastry making environment

Minor Award Business Support Unit New for 2022

  • Location
    Kenmare - Tralee
  • Type
  • Start date
  • Duration
    8 Weeks
  • Certification
    QQI Level 5
  • Fees
    Fees may apply

Course Overview

The purpose of this award is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and competence to produce a range of baked goods, including breads, pastries and hot and cold desserts.

What will I study ?

  • Explain the scientific principles underpinning the processes used in baking and pastry production
  • Describe standards and grades for baking ingredients and products including flours, starches, fats, sugars, sweeteners, liquids, eggs, leavening agents, gelatin, salt and pre-prepared products
  • Describe the commodities, both fresh and convenience, used in the production of hot and cold desserts including fruits, flavourings, colourings and chocolate
  • Prepare a range of baked dishes Prepare a range of breads including brown and white soda breads, muffins, sweet and savoury scones, basic and enriched yeast breads
  • Prepare a range of products using fresh and convenience pastry including short, sweet, choux and puff
  • Prepare a range of cold desserts, including egg-based dishes, cold soufflés, cheesecakes, water-ices, meringues, tuilles and brandy-snaps, fruits, and sauces.
  • Prepare a range of sponges and sponge products, including fatless and enriched sponge, coating and filling as required

Why should I do this course ?

  • There are a number of vacancies in this sector in the local area

What are the entry requirements ?

  • NFQ Level 4 or equivalent when accessing a Level 5 programme. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English Mature learner entry requirements available via the local ETB pathway Additional requirements may apply to non-EU/EEA Applicants and may be subject to full international fees (Please refer to Information for International Learners) *Each provider may have additional requirements, not outlined above.
  • Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.

What is the certification ?

QQI Level 5 Minor Award Pastry, Baking And Desserts (5N2084)


Fee Information

Fees apply to all part-time programmes.

A fee waiver is in place for applicants in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. You can check your fee waiver eligibility with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), INTREO or your Local Employment Service (LES) office.

Still have questions ?

Contact Claire O Shea (Business Support Unit)  066 714 9600 or Click Here to Email

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Caroline on our Part-time courses team at Monavalley on 066-7149600 or Stephen on our Part-time courses team in Listowel on 067-21023.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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