This course will teach you how to plan, prepare and bake cakes that look good, taste good and are safe to eat. Baking and decorating cakes will suit you if you enjoy using art and design skills in a creative and practical way.
Cake production is part of the Scottish hospitality industry, which is vibrant and growing. The course is a springboard for a range of careers in the hospitality industry, which employs a significant proportion of the nation’s workforce.
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Entry is at the discretion of the school or college. You should have achieved the fourth curriculum level or equivalent qualifications and/or experience prior to starting this course.
Relevant subjects for entry include:
The course is practical and relevant to the world of work. You will learn how to research recipes, trends and designs, and experiment with recipes, cake designs and finishing techniques. You will also learn how to interpret a design brief to create your own innovative cakes and biscuits.
The course comprises two areas of study.
The course assessment has three components totalling 125 marks:
Component 2 and component 3 are inter-related and will be assessed using one activity. You will carry out one task — designing, planning, making, finishing and evaluating a cake — which will provide evidence for both components.
Both the assignment and the question paper will be set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The practical activity will be set by SQA and will be assessed internally, with external quality assurance by SQA.
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
** Please note there are no Past Papers for National 5 Hospitality: Practical Cake Craft available.
Successful completion of this course may lead to:
Further study, training or employment in: