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BA(Hons) International Food & Beverage Management

BA (Hons)
3 Years


Culinary arts is defined as the practice of preparing food. The definition is as broad as the field itself as there are many different culinary art careers to choose from as well as techniques one can learn about.  A career in the culinary arts requires dedication, tenacity, excellent organizational and time-management skills and above all, a passion for food.

This is an innovative higher education program designed for future leaders in the culinary arts profession. It is a careful balance of the management and 'hands-on' skills required in this challenging field.  The program includes specific cooking techniques, specific cuisine knowledge, food aesthetics and plating, menu planning, planning and controls, food science, and business management.

This program will give students a range of managerial skills to run their own business and also a high level of practical skills to allow the restaurateur or chef to provide a unique culinary experience to their customers. Summer industry placement (internship) is an integral part of the program and the student is required to complete two paid industry placements. Upon successful completion of the two years of study and two paid industry placements, students are awarded a Swiss Alpine Diploma in Culinary Arts.

Graduates of our Culinary Arts program can be employed in restaurants, cafes, hotels, cruise ships, catering companies, large offices, big events, on yachts or in private homes. They may also be entrepreneurs and open their own business. 


The aim of the first two years of study in Culinary Arts which lead to the award of the Swiss Alpine Diploma in Culinary Arts is to prepare students to become chefs and restaurant operators.  The third year which leads to the award of the Cardiff Metropolitan University BA(Hons) International Food & Beverage Management is designed to aspire individuals to take up a managerial role in the intriguing field of Food & Beverage and related industries.  The structure of the program provides solid foundations in culinary arts and management, including practical, creative and professional skills. It also provides direct contact with Alpine graduates who are now in leadership positions in the culinary arts world,  who are often guest speakers on the programme. 

Dual Qualifications

Cardiff Metropolitan University has validated the Alpine Center program of study in Culinary Arts. Students who join the Alpine Center program at City Unity will have the opportunity to earn a British Bachelor's degree in International Food & Beverage Management awarded by Cardiff Metropolitan University. Our students have the unique opportunity of graduating with dual qualifications: a Swiss Alpine Center Diploma in Culinary Arts and a BA(Hon) International Food & Beverage Management from Cardiff Metropolitan University. This makes our students very competitive and employable. 

Course Structure

Admissions Requirements
  • Year 1
    Food Commodities & Culinary Principles
    Food Production and Practicals 1
    Food Science, Hygiene & HACCP
    Academic Research & Writing I: Critical Perspective
    Diversity & Social Inclusion for Hospitality & Tourism
    Menu Planning and Design
    Finance For Hospitality & Tourism Managers
    Managing People and Organisations

    Year 2
    Food Production Theory & Practicals II
    Academic Research and Writing II: Structure and Process
    Nutrition in Menu Planning
    Restaurant Operations Management
    Food & Beverage Planning & Control
    Financial Planning For Business
    Human Resource Management in Tourism and Hospitality
    Work Experience with Personal Development Planning
    Bar and Beverage Theory

    Year 3
    Digital Marketing & Public Relations for Hospitality & Tourism
    Entrepreneurship & Business Planning
    Corporate Finance
    Managing Food and Beverage in Competitive Environments
    Strategic Management for Tourism and Hospitality

    Enterprise Project
    Hotel Logistics
    Revenue Management
    HR Strategy and Professional Practice
  • Holders of Higher National Diplomas or accredited Swiss Alpine Diplomas in Hotel Management, Events and Conventions Management, or Culinary Arts.
    We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications or traditional entry requirements but with relevant experience and a proficient level of English with the ability to pursue the programme successfully.
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