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Cake Decoration - Introduction to

  • Overview of the course

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    This course aims to introduce you to the basic techniques in cake decoration. The course will introduce you to the use of equipment, tools and materials used in cake decoration, with a particular emphasis on design, organisation, hygiene and safety.

    By the end of the course learners will have gained knowledge of the materials used in cake decoration and their application. Learners will have an appreciation of colour, design, proportion and texture applicable to the subject.

    Many of our learners come to study with us as we have industry-experienced tutors who have showcased learners work at Cake International (Bolton College won 'Best College & Group Display') and has also been featured in the National Press (Vogue Magazine).
  • What you'll learn

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    You will gain knowledge of good hygiene practices and will implement these in the classroom. The law and Codes of Practice relating to colours and materials used will be covered.

    The course will also cover:
    - The selection, storage and care of tools/equipment
    - Storage of materials/ingredients,
    - Focus on simple sugarpaste techniques including the use of sugarpaste to coat a sponge cake.

    Note that this course does not include any baking.
  • Entry requirements

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    No previous experience is necessary just an interest in cake decoration. The course is structured to proceed from a very basic level for those new to the subject and those looking to enrol on the Cake Decoration Level 1 Course.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will agree an individual learning plan (ILP) with your tutor identifying what you want and need to gain from the course. You will build up a folder which shows the range of skills and knowledge you have developed. You will receive supportive feedback throughout the course and track your progress in your Individual Learning Plan.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    - Learners are expected to provide their own materials and equipment.
    - Learners will be given a list at the start of the course.
    - As it is intended that the items produced on the course are for eating, learners are expected to wear an apron, have appropriate flat, closed footwear and have long hair tied back.
    - A ring binder folder to keep your work organised is essential.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Use the yellow 'enrol' button to request to join this course.
    Please note: if you enrol without meeting the course entry requirements your place may be cancelled and a refund provided.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: A. First class: 18 September 2023. Last class: 13 Nov 2023
    • Monday : 10:00 - 13:00
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £90.00

    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    Learners successfully completing this course may progress to the next level cake decoration course. Learners completing this short course to a good standard may apply for a place on the FDQ Cake Decoration Level 1 course should they wish to gain a qualification. This qualification enables learners to work in industry or develop a private business.

    Other courses available to support your learning:
    - Free English and maths courses for those who have not yet attained a grade at C at GCSE (grade 4 equivalent)
    - Free digital literacy courses for beginners in computing and tablets
    - Free positive steps to wellbeing courses to support improved mental wellbeing, health and confidence
    - A range of employability skills courses

    Information, advice and guidance is available at all Bolton College centres. Our Adult Community Learning Job Coach is available to support learners who are seeking employment.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the, academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    10:00 - 13:00
    3.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    8 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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