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DT404
Food Sales & Culinary Practice

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

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Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

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The Higher Certificate in Food Sales and Culinary Practice is a two year full-time programme that incorporates food retail business and culinary/kitchen practical classes that facilitate the development of knowledge and skills required to work in the retail food industry. The programme embraces food sales and culinary practice, food innovation development and practical culinary modules that are focused on products found in food retail and delicatessen outlets. The programme also embraces food retail marketing and customer care modules that promote enterprise development leading to future business creations. The dynamic and competitive nature of the retail food industry requires management skills that combine professional, entrepreneurial and strategic approaches. Against this background, this programme builds on the strong links between retail culinary practice and food business and will provide students with the opportunity to work in the dynamic food and beverage related industries.

This programme is designed primarily to enable students to become competent professionals who are capable of demonstrating abilities in the selection, combination, preparation, cooking and presentation and service of food in a wide variety of food retail settings. Primarily such food retailing and culinary operations settings would be retail delicatessen, catering premises, supermarkets and the wider food retail distribution industry. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of these industries and includes the three domains of knowledge, practice and individual student needs. All three domains are incorporated across the programmes modules.

The Higher Certificate is structured on three core areas of the culinary arts disciplines, namely:

Culinary food retailing practice in the retail and wider food distribution industry
Culinary Arts Science including: health, nutrition, food safety and technology
Management, marketing, finance, the business of food retailing

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This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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This programme recognises the complex nature of the retail culinary, general food, beverages and related industries. It thereby affords graduates the opportunity to avail of a wide range of careers. The educational model used seeks to maximise the potential of each participating student.

Many career paths are open to graduates including: culinary retail management; food promotion in the retail sector; event catering and beverage retail management, food distribution (import and exports) and entrepreneurship. In addition, graduates may progress to a variety of graduate degree programmes in a range of related disciplines.

Students who have successfully completed the programme may have access to a range of Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education. The BSc in Culinary Entrepreneurship may be of particular interest to graduates of this programme.



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