Certificate in Pâtisserie and Café Operations (Senior Secondary Applied Learning)

The course provides better understanding of Pâtisserie and Café operation, system operation, hygiene knowledge and menu design to students and build up their foundation to start a business in desserts or coffee shops.
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Programme Contents

This programme introduces the characteristics of patisseries and cafés, food production, café operations, food hygiene and other related knowledge. It aims to strengthen students’ hands on skills for their further study and career development in the related industry in the future. Students are also taught to make specialty beverages and patisseries by selecting different ingredients.

  • Students can act as a café owner with their own choice of theme, then pick the appropriate ingredients and plan their own menu under their customers' flavour
  • Students can imply their café in the Food and Beverage Training Centre
  • Built in reference to western restaurants and cocktail bars in star hotels, the Food and Beverage Training Centre allows students to practise their western cuisine and mixology skills
  • Students can learn different techniques of coffee brewing
  • Visits will be arranaged to students irregularly to let them know the actual operation and development of the industry, and enhance their understanding of operating patisseries and cafes
  • HKCT is the first higher education institute to be recognised by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) to provide a series of professional courses in coffee and award world-recognised certificates for their professional pursual

If students attained “Attained with Distinction (I)” in this ApL course^, it is comparable to Level 3 of the Category A subjects of HKDSE examination; if they attained “Attained with Distinction (II)”, it is comparable to Level 4 of the Category A subjects of HKDSE examination.

Programme Features

Pâtisserie and café food production, designing menu items

Supporting Organization

Pret A Manger (Hong Kong) Ltd

  • Hold industrial talks regularly, and provide job opportunities of Pret a Manger and the entry ways of the industry 


Coffee Lab Asia, Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)

  • Provide enterprise visit opportunities

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Pâtisserie and Café Operations (15 hours)
  • Pâtisserie and Café Development and Operation System (45 hours)
  • Food and Beverage Service and Production in Café (44 hours)
  • Pâtisserie Production (44 hours)
  • Menu Design and Execution (32 hours)

Reference Table for Grades

Certification Programme

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority - Applied Learning Subjects Result Assessment and Information

Students can simulate the complete process of serving a meal in the Food and Beverage Training Centre
Students can use the professional kitchen to learn to produce patisseries
Students can exercise coffee making skills with expert equipment
Student decorating beverage
Student practising 3D Latte Art
Students' food production in an authentic scenario
Graduation Path

Articulation Path

Higher Diploma in Tourism Management (Culinary / Hospitality)

Career Prospects

Pastry chef, bakery chef, junior chef, restaurant waiter/waitress, barista, production assistant, frontline agents in customer service in related industry and entrepreneurship (e.g. café, pastry shop, bakery), etc.

Cheung Chi Kan

My dream is to own a café, so it is important to learn how to run a café and manage the internal organization. This course does not only provide school classes, but also provides students with opportunities for doing internship outside. This allows me to put theories and skills learned into application during internship. I can also learn how to solve problems, which benefits me greatly for developing my own café in the future and broadens my horizons.

Mode of Study

Full Time

Teaching Mode

Face to face (Classes may need to be conducted via online platform depending on epidemic for the sake of students' safety)

Commencement of Study

every September


180 hours



  • HKCT Jockey Club Ma On Shan Campus (Yiu on Estate, 2 Hang Hong Street, Ma On Shan, Sha Tin, New Territories)
  • HKCT Jockey Club Undergraduate Campus (2 On Shing Street, Ma On Shan, Sha Tin, New Territories)
  • HKCT Kwun Tong Learning Centre (8/F, Wong Tze Building, 71 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon)
  • HKCT Cheung Sha Wan Learning Centre (2/F, Heya Star, 368 Castle Peak Road, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon)


Saturday 09:00-13:00 / 14:00-18:00 (Lessons will also be scheduled during summer day and will be arranged as full day lesson.)


Lessons will mainly be held at students' own schools. Details will be confirmed between HKCT and their schools.

QF Level

The qualification of this programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework in Hong Kong.
QF level: 3
QR Registration No.: 16/000095/L3
Registration Validity Period: 26/01/2016 to 31/12/2026

^ According to the Education Bureau Circular Memorandum No. 40/2017, applicants of Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes are allowed to use up to two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application for entrance requirements, i.e. "Attained" and "Attained with Distinction", will continue to be used.