Swiss Grand Diploma in Pastry and Chocolate.
If you would like to explore your love of baking, choose our eleven-week foundation course in Pastry & Baking.
Continue your studies with two extra terms to earn a Swiss Grand Diploma!
Short Course in Pastry and Chocolate.
Delivered in our state-of-the-art city campus facilities in the heart of Lucerne, this comprehensive programme caters to anyone interested in learning about pastry and chocolate arts. This 3-step programme may be taken as individual building blocks of 11 weeks each or as a Swiss Grand Diploma over 33 weeks.
Pastry & Chocolate - Lucerne Campus.
Explore the world of European pastry and chocolate arts in Switzerland - the birthplace of milk chocolate. Set on the shores of Lake Lucerne, with the Swiss Alps a stone’s throw away, this former Grand Hotel is situated at the end of Lucerne’s pedestrian shopping area – as Switzerland’s most popular tourist destination there are plenty of shops, restaurants and activities for time spent outside of the kitchen. As a historic building, our hotel campus offers a unique environment to live and learn, steeped in the heritage of Swiss Hospitality tradition.
The Kitchen Experience.
For each class, pastry chef instructors and chocolatiers teach culinary demonstrations in front of the class to explain each technique. Students then practice the techniques learnt during the demonstration at an individual workstation with guidance every step of the way. While a kitchen is a disciplined environment, the teaching style remains approachable and light-hearted. The final Pastry & Chocolate Master Challenge will give you the opportunity to showcase your skills and creativity.
Students who enrol and complete at least 2 consecutive terms qualify for a paid full-time internship in Switzerland. For those students, language courses will become a mandatory part of the programme in preparation for internship placement.
- Term 1 (11 weeks) - Certificate in Pastry & Baking
- Term 2 (11 weeks) - Diploma in Pastry & Chocolate Arts
- Term 3 (11 weeks) - Swiss Grand Diploma in Pastry & Chocolate Arts
Foundation in Pastry & Baking
+From Farm to Table
+Traditional Swiss and European Pastry
Award: Certificate in Pastry & Baking
European Gourmet Pastry & Chocolate
+From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar
+Vegetarian, Vegan and Dietary Trends
Award: Diploma in Pastry & Chocolate Arts
Master Pastry & Chocolate Chef
+From Idea to Masterpiece
+Industry Trends & Concepts
+Innovative Showroom Excellence
Award: Swiss Grand Diploma in Pastry & Chocolate Arts
- Successful achievement of secondary education (IGCSE, O-Level)
- IELTS score of 5.0 or TOEFL iBT 46
- Recommended minimum age 18
Direct Entry into Swiss Grand Diploma in Pastry & Chocolate:
Successful completion of a vocational school or professional high school with a pastry/bakery focus OR a minimum of 1 year of full-time pastry-related experience OR having completed the Swiss Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts
IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent.
Starting Dates / Course Calendar.
Winter* 7th January 22nd March
Spring 8th April 21st June
Summer 8th July 20th September
Fall 7th October 20th December
Winter 6th January 20th March
Spring 6th April 19th June
Summer 6th July 18th September
Fall 5th October 18th December
Winter 4th January 19th March
Spring 5th April 18th June
Summer 5th July 17th September
Fall 4th October 17th December
* Swiss Grand Diplomas are not available for the 2019 Winter intake.
You are advised to send your application as soon as possible as places are limited in the school.
For students who require a visa to enter Switzerland it is important that you contact the Swiss Embassy in your home country to find out the length of time necessary for your visa application. In certain countries it may take up to 12 weeks for a visa to be approved.