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The Diploma in Food & Wine has a broad appeal. This course will give you a superb foundation for achieving success in the culinary world. Additionally, if you want to change your career path or start your own business, the Diploma will provide you with the necessary skills to help launch your venture.

Past students have gone on to pursue successful careers in their chosen fields, making The Edinburgh School of Food & Wine the place to study in Scotland.

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Why Choose Edinburgh School of Food & Wine
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80% of our Students go on to find work using of unique network of contact across the food industry.

Our Diploma last 6 month, during which time you will learn Food & Culinary Skills, Wine Skills, Journal & Restaurant reviews skills and even business skills to help develop your skills in to a thriving business

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Upcoming Diploma’s

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Course Name Start Date Finish Date Price
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Diploma 03/07/13 20/12/13 £9,500
Foundation 03/07/13 27/09/13 £4,500
Certificate 03/07/13 31/07/13 £2,500
Certificate 02/09/13 27/03/13 £2,500
Diploma 06/01/14 27/06/14 £9,500
Foundation 06/01/14 28/03/14 £4,500
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menu-example-10The Diploma in Food & Wine has a broad appeal. This course will give you a superb foundation for achieving success in the culinary world. Additionally, if you want to change your career path or start your own business, the Diploma will provide you with the necessary skills to help launch your venture.

Past students have gone on to pursue successful careers in their chosen fields, making The Edinburgh School of Food & Wine the place to study in Scotland.


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Course Content

Our Diploma follow strict BAC and SQA guideline that both trains and qualifies (thought international recognised Qualifications) our student to purse a future in the culinary world. Once students embark on the diploma, they open a door to a wealth culinary knowledge, techniques and skills in a relaxed but very structured atmosphere in a variety of environments and venues. The course is split in to 4 ‘knowledge areas’ with regular assessments, testing, and tutorial feedback.

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The ‘Food & Culinary Skills’ section of the course makes up 60% of the overall content of the diploma and mainly takes place in the coach house kitchens and classrooms but include hands on real life experience in real kitchens including Bute House. The section is assessed with ongoing assessments, the ‘Diploma Lunch’, a full SQA approved exam and a culinary skills portfolio. During this part of the course students learn a plethora of skills and knowledge including:

  • Primary methods of cooking: baking, boiling, steaming, roasting and pan frying
  • Meat, poultry, game, fish, vegetables and sauces
  • Breakfasts
  • Canapés, starters, soups and desserts
  • Creative vegetarian cuisine
  • Bread making
  • Ice creams and sorbets
  • Herbs and spices
  • Jams and chutneys
  • Lodge cooking (Cooking for large & small groups)
  • Game & seafood cookery
  • Petit fours & chocolate workshop
  • Cooking for special diets & food allergies
  • Specialised pastries & enriched doughs
  • Pasta making
  • Smoking, curing & other preservation techniques
  • Event catering practice
  • REHIS Food Handlers Certificate
  • Flower arranging
  • Table service: food, wine, table presentation, silver service, social and ‘front of house’ skills
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‘Wine Skills’ takes up 10% of the course and is fully approved by the Wine & Spirits Trust at level 1 & 2. To complete the wine skills segment of the course students are required to sit a WSET certificate assessment at above 80% (REQUIRED UPDATING). Students are taught many useful skills including:

  • Techniques on how to taste wine
  • Laws governing the services and responsibility of alcoholic drinks
  • Characteristics of Wines from around the world
  • Proper storage and service of Alcoholic Beverages
  • Interpreting alcoholic beverage labels correctly
  • The nature of wine (production and market statistics, viticulture, vinification)
  • Wine appreciation
  • Choosing wine to complement your food or menu

 

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‘Food Communication’ is a section of the course that allows students to understand and embrace food reviews and how best to combat negative feedback. This segment of the course takes up 10% of the Course and is over seen by a great friend of the School Jonathon Trew, a freelance food Writer and Critic, who has seen his far share of the good and the bad when it comes to the culinary world. Under his tutorage, student are Introduced to:

  • Journalism Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Restaurant Reviews
  • Food Critic Feedback Skills
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‘Business Skills’ is a unique part of the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine Diploma, we feel that student not only require the skills and food knowledge to make it the Culinary World but also the business skills to back them up. This five day segment of the course is taught at the Craiglockhart campus of Edinburgh Napier University and during the course time student have access to all of the Edinburgh Napier University facilities and resources. The business course is split in to two part.

  • Part 1 ‘Creativity & Innovation’ last 1 day and allow students to explore their own creativity and work on developing their own potential business ideas. Assessment for this section is by Poster Presentation.
  • Part 2 ‘Developing the Concept’ last 3 days and allows students to take their ideas further, learning about the practical aspects – marketing, finance, resources – of putting their ideas into practice. The initial 3 days are followed up with the opportunity to have 1-to-1 clinics to assist students to prepare for their assessment which involves the submission of a business plan and a presentation.

During the ‘Business Skills’ section of the course students will learn skills in:

  • Business Planning
  • Presentation
  • Basic Bookkeeping
  • Advertising & Promoting
  • Business and Economics Treading
  • Marketing
  • Starting your own business
  • Tax, VAT and NI
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Course Prospects

Previous Student from the school have go on to do many different and interesting work in the culinary work including … Edinburgh School of Food and Wine prides itself on help students on that first step up the jobs ladder, student who are interested are invited to use our experience and contact for over 25 years to find suitable work in the local areas and further afield we have help student find work in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, London, Manchester and ….

Course Assessments

Assessment include a Diploma Lunch, Written Test, Portfolio and ongoing assessments. Each type of Assessment cover different elements that allow us to make sure you know and understand the different techniques and skills you have learnt.

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Why Choose Edinburgh School of Food & Wine

80% of our Students go on to find work using of unique network of contact across the food industry.

We proved tutoring of the high quality standard so that every day is full of new and existing experience that will be both beneficially and educate

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More Information about the diploma

When does the Diploma Course take place?

The 6 month Edinburgh School of Food and Wine Diploma take place twice a year normal start January and July.

What happens in a average day at the school?

The course is full time and students are required to attend Monday – Friday from 09.00 to 17:00. Due to the high demand of the course and so we can teach student the very best knowledge and techniques we have to offer, we do advise that sick days etc are kept to a minimum, although we do understand that life issues and sickness can affect our student we do everything we can to help and support them. We believe that working in the culinary world isn’t just about individuals working together but a family of well trained and knowledgeable people working as one.

Do Students learn about food safety and health and Safety at Work?

From day one of the course all student follow strict food safety and health and safety at work practices so that they become an interracial part of there every day working lives.

Does the Diploma include real life kitchen experience?

Parts of the course includes occasions were student get to experience real life kitchen and serving customer. Parts of the course take part at Bute House in Edinburgh, were students learn skills in food preparation and serving skills for the First Minister and guests. Student are also encourage to participate in the Schools Food and Wine Evenings were they get to serve, cook and interact with real customer in the Bell Tower Room of the School beautiful 18th Century Coach House surrounding.

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Student Testimonials

“I was at a bit of a crossroads, having left a job with my
dad as an engineer and looking to pursue my passion for
cooking. Edinburgh School of Food & Wine was by far the
best of the bunch and my time here will stay with me
forever. Since finishing the course, I am back home in
Yorkshire, working in a 5 star hotel and loving every minute
of it!”

John Donaghue, 2011 Diploma in Food & Wine

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