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Associate Degree of Culinary Management

  • Qualification:

    Associate Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    2 year full time; 4 years part time

  • Start date:

    3 intake dates each year – enquire now!

  • Awarded by:

    William Blue College of Hospitality Management at Torrens University Australia

  • Location:


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What you'll learn

Take a tour of the kitchen with William Blue Dining Executive Chef, Jason Hannah

About this course

Could you be the next Robuchon, Blumenthal, Redzepi or Crenn?

Bring your culinary creations to life with the Associate Degree in Culinary Management course through William Blue College of Hospitality Management.

Delivered at the state-of-the-art campus in Sydney's The Rocks, this course combines theoretical training with hands-on experience to provide you with the perfectly balanced foundations from which to build a successful career in hospitality.

Gain broad-based business skills such as communication and marketing fundamentals and customer experience management, as well as specialist culinary training in everything you need to devise and create masterpiece dishes - from kitchen operations and cookery through to menu design.

Graduates of this course are also given the invaluable opportunity to hone their craft by enrolling in a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery (SIT40516) at no additional cost.

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a chef or hospitality business owner, then this is the place to start!

Practical workplace experience

This course offers you the chance to take your learning out of the classroom and into the workplace. All students must complete a compulsory internship of at least 800 hours in an approved workplace environment.

Thanks to their long-standing industry partnerships, William Blue College of Hospitality Management's Career Consultants can help you find a suitable organisation to complete your practical training with.

Workload and assessment

In order to succeed in your studies, each subject in this course requires a minimum of 10 study hours per week.

Assessments for this course may take a variety of forms, including:

  • Practical demonstration and observation
  • Reflective journal/blog
  • Report/essay
  • Work integrated learning project work
  • Individual self-directed major project


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have successfully completed Year 12, or equivalent; OR
  • Possess documented, broadly relevant work experience; OR
  • Have completed or partially completed formal or informal study; OR
  • Present a written submission demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success

All students are also required to demonstrate sufficient competency in English.

Areas of study

In this hospitality course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Customer experience management
  • Introduction to patisserie
  • Introduction to kitchen operations
  • Introduction to professional cookery - theory
  • Introduction to professional cookery - practical
  • Marketing fundamentals
  • Understanding people and organisations
  • Business communications
  • Industry practicum 1 & 2
  • Menu engineering and design
  • Advanced kitchen operations
  • Intermediate professional cookery - theory
  • Intermediate professional cookery - practical
  • The business environment
  • Accounting for decision making
Torrens University Australia Torrens University Australia brings together some of the country’s most regarded tertiary institutes across industries like business, design, public health, hospitality, and sports management.

Studying with Torrens means learning from the industry’s best and brightest minds through cutting-edge syllabuses and small classroom environments. By becoming a Torrens student, you will not only have access to Torrens’ state-of-the-art campuses across the nation, you’ll also get to leverage Torrens status as a Laureate International University, and be able to access a global network of over 70 universities across 25 countries.

Torrens schools include; APM College of Business and Communication, Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Chifley Business School, Media Design School, Real Madrid Graduate School, Southern School of Natural Therapies and William Blue College of Hospitality.
Torrens Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can study at your own pace. By providing you with on-demand access to course materials and content, you can study when you want, where you want.

Torrens also runs Touch-Point weekend sessions that allow you to hear from industry professionals, chat to lecturers and expand your network.

Torrens students will also have access to Torrens Success Coaches, who will help you align your strengths and learning with your goals. From the moment you are admitted to your course, a Success Coach will be available to help you successfully navigate the educational landscape and build your personal and professional skills.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Sydney (The Rocks)

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive an Associate Degree in Culinary Management from William Blue College of Hospitality Management at Torrens University Australia.

This degree will equip you with the ideal mix of business know-how and technical training to help you excel in the hospitality industry. Whether you aim to become an acclaimed chef in a world-class restaurant, or own your own venture, this course is the perfect launch pad.

Graduates can also choose to pursue a Bachelor of Culinary Management with only one additional year of study.

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Torrens also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants, including the Vice Chancellor Scholarship and the Regional/Remote Access and Indigenous Access Scholarship.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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