In September 2018, Thomas Kyritsis will be overseeing the first intake of the Culinary Industry Management BBA with Birkbeck University of London. With only few months before the start of the degree, we met with Thomas to discuss the programme and understand what makes it so special.
Can you describe the programme available at the Le Cordon Bleu London and Birkbeck University?
The BBA Culinary Industry Management is a 3-year undergraduate programme that provides a firm foundation in culinary techniques and management studies that are not only applicable to food businesses but also across other service industries. The programme was designed in order to meet the needs of a constantly changing environment in the global food industry and as a result it addresses key concepts together with the project management and development skills required of managers in food businesses in the 21st century. As part of their academic and practical development, students will also experience a real food business work environment through an internship component at the end of the first academic year.
What sets apart this BBA from other Culinary or Hospitality Management BBA?
First and foremost the reputation of both institutions. Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute is an internationally recognised leader in the teaching excellence of culinary arts, with a team of classically trained Chefs, and Wine and Hospitality professionals. In addition, Birkbeck’s Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management.
Secondly, students in both institutions will experience some of the most advanced facilities and equipment. Thirdly, access to opportunity – Le Cordon Bleu London as part of the internship element of the programme offers high profile internships in the industry.
Finally, living and studying in London, the most diverse and exciting food capital of the world.
Who can enrol on this course?
We welcome applications from people who have traditional entry qualifications such as A-Levels and GCSEs and from people who have do not have those but have relevant working experience. We base our decisions on all applications on assessing qualifications, knowledge and work experience.
What is the cost and how long does the programme last?
The programme lasts for three years and fees are as follows:
- Full-time home/EU students: £9,250 per year
- Full-time international students: £13,350 per year
Once I graduate, what kind of career can I expect?
Once you graduate the world's your oyster! There are a range of careers that students can pursue after graduating. Including but not limited to, students can work on:
- retail and new product development,
- restaurant development and operations,
- sales and marketing,
- hotels, resorts, convention and exhibition centres, and health resorts,
- the food industry, including large-scale catering,
- public and private healthcare, and education,
- or they may wish to set up their own business.