Bakery (NQ) @ SCQF Level 4


The NQ Bakery Level 4 (SCQF 4) is designed to offer school leavers and those with no formal bakery qualifications an opportunity to study the subject at an introductory level.  

The course will provide you with knowledge, understanding and the skills required to progress onto further bakery courses. On this course, you will be able to make a range of baked goods including bread, pastries, pies, cakes, gateaux, and desserts. 

Successful achievement will allow you to progress onto our NQ Bakery Level 5 course.

Course code





Full Time - 2 or 3 days per week for 36 weeks

Entry Requirements

Two National 4 qualifications, SCQF Level 4 English or ESOL Level 4; OR 

other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you may be asked to attend an informal information and interview session.  
This may be a face-to-face interview or an interview on Teams video to further discuss your application. You may be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.  

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.  

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Cake Decoration. 
  • Introduction to Bread Making. 
  • Introduction to Craft Baking. 
  • Pastry. 
  • Cake Decoration. 
  • Food Hygiene


Bakery units are assessed through a series of practical tasks on a continuous basis. 

Open and closed book assessments for theory subjects.


The course leads to further study at Level 5

Career Prospects

You may be able to apply for entry-level position in the bakery industry.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details

Selling Points

Level 4 develops practical bakery skills in craft baking, bread making, cake decoration and pastry making. This award is aimed at candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in the bakery or catering industries, but do not necessarily have any prior experience.