The School of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire has secured national recognition for its Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking.

The specialist awarding body, FDQ, awarded the accreditation to the Nottingham school in recognition of the quality and integrity of the course. The award will open up funding opportunities for student loans.

Sheila Russell, director of studies at The School of Artisan Food, said:  “We’ve been running the advanced diploma course for six years and in that time we’ve had graduates set up their own successful bakeries, artisan food businesses and work within other leading food companies in the UK and worldwide.

“Having this official recognition from FDQ gives the diploma even more kudos and endorses the high quality teaching and course content.”

diploma students

Advanced diploma students come from a wide range of age groups, backgrounds and ability and are taught by some of the top professionals in the UK, including internationally-recognised baker Wayne Caddy.

Bursary applications are now being taken for the next course, which begins in September 2016.

Last month Nottingham-based baker Butt Foods marked its 25th anniversary with a new brand, called Baked Earth.