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What will I learn?

Gain advanced baking and patisserie skills that are in hot demand. Produce breads, cakes, biscuits and patisserie items. Grow your capability to work as part of a commercial bakery team, in an artisan bakery or as a pastry chef.

Whether you want to expand your culinary skills in patisserie or continue on your journey as a baker. You will gain the advanced patisserie and baking skills necessary to produce: restaurant-quality desserts, work with decorative mediums to finish gateaux and celebration cakes, experience the development of a range of superior doughs and baked goods.

What you will learn

  • Learn the skills to compose both classical and modern patisserie work with mousseline, curds and pastes that stand out from the rest
  • Understand the success techniques that contribute to well-made bread; from handling through to baking of simple, laminated and complex bread from around the world
  • Discover the varieties of components from possets, fluid gels including garnishes and the formulas to balance and present stylish restaurant desserts and café sweets
  • Learn the practical importance of organising your work and professional communication when baking in a team
  • Understand gluten-free and other dietary requirements
  • Broaden knowledge of bakery science, terminologies and commodities associated with Baking
  • Finish traditional cakes and contemporary multi-layered crèmes and mirror glazed gateaux the way professionals do
  • Bring chocolate sculptures to life and put on the finishing touches with blown and pulled sugar showpieces
  • Understand the safe handling and maintenance of bakery equipment
  • Undertake a work experience placement within industry

Career options

  • Pastry chef
  • Artisan baker
  • Commercial baker
  • Numerous hospitality opportunities cafe’s, restaurants, hotels, bakeries and catering companies

Further study options

  • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5)

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$20,704.00 (US$ 14,128) per year
Start date

14 March 2022, 27 June 2022


Hospitality Campus

52 Cuba Street,


Te Aro,

6011, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

You must be able to carry out the physical requirements of the programme.

Under 20 years

  • 60 credits at NCEA level 1, including: 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits, or successful completion of New Zealand Certificate Baking (Level 3).

Over 20 years

  • If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact Wellington Institute of Technology if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.

IELTS (academic) score of 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0) or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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