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Cake Decoration Award Level 1

  • Overview of the course

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    The course is aimed at learners with a basic knowledge of cake decoration, or more experienced learners who wish to acquire accreditation.

    Level 1 of the course aims to instruct the learner in:
    - The basic use of equipment, tools and materials used in cake decoration
    - Encourages an appreciation of colour, design, proportion and measurement applicable to the subject.

    You will produce a folder showing working drawings of practical work. By the end of level 1 learners will have learned how to apply basic techniques in royal icing, sugarpaste, modelling and mini cakes. At each stage there will be an emphasis on hygiene and Health & Safety.

    Many of our learners come to study with us as our tutors have a proven track record in both competitions, Bolton College won 'Best College and Group Display Winner' at Cake International, and working with local bakeries with national supermarket contracts to keep up with current trends.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will cover a range of topics including:
    - Royal icing a round cake
    - Sugarpasting a round and square cake
    - Basic modelling and decorating cupcakes

    In addition, you will also learn; basic health & safety, colour theory, labelling and storage of ingredients and finished products and public liability insurance.
  • Entry requirements

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    No formal qualifications are needed to undertake level 1 of the course, just an interest and basic skills in cake decoration is needed. You also need a willingness to complete all assignments.

    Previous attendance on a short cake decoration course at Bolton College is desirable. Learners whose first langauge is not English need a full Level 2 qualification in English language in order to complete the portfolio.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    Course evaluation is by tutors, learners will keep a log book showing their progress and completion of each unit. Practical and design work are continually assessed by the tutor.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    - Learners will be required to practice at home.
    - Learners are expected to provide their own materials and equipment. A list will be given to learners 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.
  • 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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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: A. First class: 20 November 2023. Last class: 17 Jun 2024
    • Monday : 10:00 - 13:00
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £268.00
    You can opt to pay these fees in monthly instalments. You can set this up during the enrolment.
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    After completion of the course students can look at self-employment or employment in the catering or confectionery trade. Learners completing the level 1 course to a good standard may apply for a place on the FDQ Level 2 Award in Cake Decoration.
    You may even choose to gain additional skills through another catering course.

    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:

    24 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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