Botanical cuisine

Culinary Arts (Cuisine and Wellness) / Ealaíona Cócaireachta

Course title: Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts

2022 CAO Points: 199

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Leaving Cert

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Minimum Grade in




O6/H7 English


F3/06/H7 Irish

QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award None

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Mature Applicants:

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website

Course Description

Do you want to pursue a career in the culinary arts sector, and establish a base for further professional career development  with a specialised focus on 'cuisine and wellness'? In this course, you can acquire the practical skills and knowledge that you’ll need as a modern-day professional working in a kitchen environment.

This unique culinary course has an embedded focus of: Culinary Arts with 'Cuisine and Wellness'. It is designed with three main pillars of study and practice: Culinary Arts, Applied Food Science & Wellness, Food Culture - Technology & Learning. It has been developed to meet current trends in the culinary industry and profession, in particular the following modules which are unique Nationally and Internationally:

  • Culinary nutrition (an applied practical-based module) 
  • The Mindful Kitchen - which is the first of its kind in Global culinary education. It has also being recognised by industry and education peers as a key development in culinary education. 
Work Placement Information

An industry placement of 16 weeks (approx. 400 hours) during and/or following Year 1 (but before starting Year 2) will give you lots of practical, real-world experience.

Graduate Job Titles:

  • Third year Commis Chef (Pastry)
  • Third year Commis Chef (Hot Kitchen)
  • Third year Commis Chef (Wellness)

Graduate Employers:

  • The Merrion Hotel
  • Dalata Hotels
  • Westin Hotel
  • Peploes
  • One Pico
  • Fallon and Byrne
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital
  • Sodexo Catering
  • Baxter Storey Catering

Semester 1

  • Critical Skills Development
  • Culinary Operations
  • Culinary Skills
  • Food Safety & Culinary Science
  • Applied Culinary Information Technology
  • Bread & Pastry Techniques

Semester 2

  • The Mindful Kitchen
  • Nutrition
  • Restaurant Service

Semester 3

  • Applied Culinary Science & Food Safety
  • Buffet Presentation
  • Culinary Events Mandatory
  • Food & Beverage Cost Control
  • Global Cuisine Mandatory
  • Classical & Contemporary Desserts

Semester 4

  • Classical & Contemporary Cuisine
  • Culinary Nutrition
  • Gastronomy(HCCArts)
  • Work Based Learning HC

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course.  For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub.  A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry is detailed on  the CAO website

One big thing I liked about my course was the interaction between the lecturers and the students and how they always had time to help us with any questions we had or if we were struggling with a certain topic. Another thing I liked about doing culinary arts was the diversity of the course as we learned a lot of different things from nutritional analysis, food and beverage costing, theory and technique in both the hot kitchen side of the industry and also the pastry and baking side of the industry.

I am currently a Demi-chef de partie on the pastry section in the Merrion Hotel. During my time there I’ve learned a lot of the sections from the Garden room restaurant, the cellar bar and I’ve also worked on the bakery which is a night shift section learning all about making different types of breads, pastries and other baked goods. My course helped me to prepare for my job by giving me the knowledge and skill and the discipline needed for the job.

The best thing about my time in TU Dublin was winning the Knorr student chef of the year in my final year of college. From winning this I got to go to London with my lecturer who coached me, and got to eat in a two Michelin starred restaurant called Core by Clare Smyth and another one Michelin starred restaurant called Brat. I also got to travel all around the London food scene including the borough market.

For someone who is thinking doing the course, the advice I would give them would be to research all of the aspects of the course to give them the knowledge of what the course entails. I would also advise them to attend the open day to have a chat with some of the lecturers from the course to get more information

Lee McDonagh, Current Student

TU642 Culinary Arts, Cuisine and Wellness

Successful graduates will be eligible to progress to Level 7 (BA in Culinary Arts) followed by Level 8 (BA Honours in Botanical Cuisine); each of which builds knowledge, skills and competencies in Cuisine, Health and Wellness.

TU Code



Level 6


Higher Certificate in Arts


2 years

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