American College - Cyprus
Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts ( Cookery ) [Higher Diploma]
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Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the program are:

  1. To learn and effectively practice technical skills in food preparation.
  2. To develop a professional vocabulary of terms related to food and its preparation.
  3. To acquire an in depth culinary education in order to meet the needs of the industry for competent professionals.
  4. To develop personal and professional skills needed to succeed, including professional communication, time management, business etiquette, self-awareness and team building.
  5. To improve critical and creative thinking skills, such as problem solving, information literacy and quantitative reasoning.
  6. To acquire an in depth knowledge of culinary techniques and prepare for management positions in the Culinary arts industry.
  7. To develop critical, evaluation and design competencies in order to structure, operate and manage a Kitchen environment.
  8. To acquire and develop the attributes of a managerial-level catering employee, including professional skills, organizational abilities, and food presentation artistry.
  9. To learn professional foodservice management principles and applications including: menu development, food costing, purchasing and inventory.
  10. To build a foundation in the business aspect of the culinary arts industry, including management techniques, public relations, safety, accounting and human recourse management.
  11. To enable graduates to pursue postgraduate studies in the Culinary Arts, Hospitality or Business area.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program of study, its graduates will:

  1. Execute professional cooking techniques needed to produce, present and serve dietary, contemporary, international and quality food utilizing the right ingredients.
  2. Develop critical, evaluating and designing competencies, necessary to design and manage a kitchen environment.
  3. Implement cost control measures to track goods, services and costs through the cycle of cost control and to evaluate revenue and expenses and their effect on profitability.
  4. Evaluate current controversies in the area of food science.
  5. Acquire a supervisory training experience within the catering industry putting theory into practice.
  6. Apply the major concepts, skills and values of the food service management profession to address industry problems both domestically and globally.
  7. Demonstrate professional leadership attributes necessary for operating responsibly in the food service industry.
  8. Pursue further studies in related fields.

Free Electives 

The student is free to take any course offered by the college.

The number of credits carried by each course is shown in the parenthesis following the course title.

Internship

During summer vacation periods (1 June to 30 September) Culinary Arts students have the opportunity
to undertake training in the thriving hotel and tourism industry in Cyprus, thus supplementing their
education with real hands-on, paid experience.

Transfer of Credits

Students who have achieved learning before commencing their studies at American College, whether it is certified learning or informal learning may transfer credits to the program of study they will be attending at American College (i.e. exempted from respective credits), thus reducing the period of study to obtain their qualification. Certified learning is learning for which students have received a formal qualification, for example by studying at a higher education institution, studying towards obtaining a qualification of a national testing program or towards passing an examination of an examination board or professional body. Informal learning is learning achieved outside of a formal learning environment, for example learning gained as part of work experience, volunteer work, or as part of a training course for which students have not received any formal qualifications. Credits may be transferred provided that it is relevant and can be documented. Transfer credits may correspond to specific American College courses or may apply as credits in specific categories (general education credits, business core credits, major credits, etc.). Where the credits duplicate, credits will transfer from only one source.

 

Students wishing to receive credits for their learning must submit, along with their Application to Transfer Credits (can be obtained from the Office of Admissions) and the Application to Transfer Credits fee, the following documents in English:

 

a) official transcript

b) a detailed description or syllabus of the course(s) completed.

 

Notes:

  1. In the case of applying for credits from National Testing Programs, Examination Boards and Professional Bodies, students need to submit the qualification certificate or any other official evidence of the qualification obtained or examination passed. In addition, they need to submit a detailed description or a syllabus related to the qualification obtained or examination passed.
  2. In the case of credits from informal learning students need to submit a portfolio documenting that such learning was accomplished.

 

The evaluation of transfer credits official report may be given to a student prior to admission, provided that the student submitted all the above promptly. Students who fail to submit, along with their Application for Admission, an Application to Transfer Credits and the necessary documents (as described above) may do so at the time of registration, but not later than the end of their first semester. Students who decide to apply to transfer credits after they arrive at the College must submit all necessary documents to the Director of Administration. However, students are encouraged to apply to transfer credits prior to their first enrolment in courses to avoid enrolment in courses which they would otherwise receive credits for.

 

Moreover, in some cases, validation of transfer credits may be required in the form of oral or written examinations. American College will also accept formal evaluations by the World Education Service or other authorized evaluation services for work completed at other higher education institutions around the world.

 

Transfer credits appear on the student’s transcript with the grade of “TR”. The number of credits attempted for such courses does not enter into the computation of the Cumulative Grade Point Average. In the case of transfer credits from Erasmus+ student mobility studies transfer credits appear on the student’s transcript with the grade of “P” (Pass). The number of credits attempted for such courses does not enter into the computation of the Cumulative Grade Point Average. In the case of transfer credits by examination, letter grades are given based on the numerical mark achieved in the examination, according to the College grading system and they appear on the student’s transcript. In addition, the number of credits attempted and earned for such courses enters into the computation of the Cumulative Grade Point Average.

 

Students who have transferred credits, regardless of the number of ECTS credits transferred should complete a minimum of 30, 60, 90, 120, 60 ECTS at our College in order to be eligible to obtain a certificate, diploma, higher diploma, bachelor degree or a master degree from American College respectively.

 

Credits earned at higher education institutions (colleges and universities)

 

Credits earned at accredited higher education institutions (colleges and universities) or in accredited higher education programs of study are transferable to American College. American College may sign articulation agreements for the mutual transfer of credits with other colleges and universities.

 

Credits from distance learning education

 

Students are permitted to transfer credits from distance learning, online learning, web-based learning or correspondence accredited courses offered by colleges and universities.

 

Credits from Erasmus+ student mobility studies

 

The College awards credits to American College students who study abroad for one or more semesters under the Erasmus+ student mobility program. The courses taken by the student at the host institution are pre-agreed between American College, the host institution and the student. Therefore the courses taken and passed by the student are considered as an integral part of the student’s program of study at American College and full academic recognition is given.

 

Credits from National Testing Programs, Examination Boards and Professional Bodies

 

Credits may be earned for possession of qualifications and examinations passed of national testing programs, examination boards or professional bodies such as the following:

 

  • American College Testing – Proficiency Examination Program (PEP)
  • College Board - Advanced Placement (AP) Program
  • College Board - College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) – A level and AS and selected O level and IGCSE
  • LCCI International Qualifications
  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)
  • Association of Accounting Technician's (AAT)
  • Chartered Banker Institute qualifications
  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
  • Communications Advertising and Marketing (CAM) Education Foundation
  • Association of Business Executives (ABE)

 

This list is not exhaustive and other similar qualifications or examinations passes may be accepted for credits transfer.

 

Credits by examination

 

The College may award credits on the basis of examinations in a number of courses. Students wishing to earn credits by examination must apply in writing to the Director of Administration and must provide evidence that they have covered the syllabus of the particular course or courses.

 

Credits from informal learning

 

It is possible to earn credits from learning achieved outside of a formal learning environment, for example learning gained as part of work experience, volunteer work, or as part of a training course for which students have not received any formal qualifications. Informal learning is about skills, knowledge and competences acquired through such activities. Credits are given for the learning or achievements accomplished through such informal learning activities rather than the activities themselves. A portfolio must be submitted documenting that such learning was accomplished.

 

For further information students can contact the American College Admissions Department at:

Office of Admissions

American College

2 & 3 Omirou Avenue, Eleftheria Square

P.O. Box 22425, 1521 Nicosia, Cyprus

Tel: +357 22661122

Fax: +357 22665458

Email: admissions@ac.ac.cy

www.ac.ac.cy


PROGRAM PERIOD
3 Years
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR THE ASSESSMENT
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Original Passport Front Page
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O/l Certificate Original
A/l Certificate Original
Name Change Affidavit
Student Clear Signature
College Application
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Original Passport Front Page
Original Passport Back Page
O/l Certificate Original
A/l Certificate Original
Name Change Affidavit
Birth Certificate Sinhala Front
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Birth Certificate English Translate
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Medical Report
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Police Report
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Sponsor Letter Certified By Attorney
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Bank Balance Confirmation Letter
Bank Balance Confirmation Letter Certificate Certified By Attorneate /supreme Court/ Consulate Of Cyprus
Sos Fund Document
Student Clear Signature
College Application
Offer Letter
Medical Heath Declaration
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