Catering | Hospitality

Preparatory Course for the Bachelor in Culinary Arts (Hons)

The Preparatory Programme for the Bachelor in Culinary Arts (Hons) is a comprehensive one-year full-time course designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a successful career in the culinary arts industry. Modules within this programme cover kitchen and larder practical individual, Pastry and baking practical individual, Food commodities and nutrition and special dietary requirements. The programme is a requirement for students who wish to pursue the Bachelors in Culinary Arts and have no prior experience in the field

Upon completion of the Preparatory Programme for the Bachelor in Culinary Arts (Hons), students will have gained a solid foundation in culinary skills and knowledge. They will be prepared to pursue further education in the field of culinary arts or seek entry-level positions as commis chefs or in related fields within the catering industry. The course sets the stage for students to continue their culinary education and advance their careers in the culinary arts industry.

30th Sep 2024

Start Date

2 Semesters




Institute of Tourism Studies

Course Provider

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Course Fees

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What you'll learn

Programme Learning Outcomes

  • Systematically prepare for advanced studies and further education in the field of Culinary Arts
  • Comprehensively understand core principles to comply with social, scientific, cultural, and ethical values at the stages of gathering, interpreting, implementing, and declaring data in the field
  • Systematically prepare to apply and use information and communication as required in this area of study
  • Comprehensively equip learners with academic skills that are in line with MQF level 6 education


  • An ITS Diploma in Travel and Tourism, Rooms Division, Food and Beverage Service, or Events – MQF/EQF Level 4 (or equivalent) OR
  • An ITS Higher National Diploma or an equivalent qualification (MQF/EQF level 5) OR
  • A combination of a minimum of 2 Advanced and Intermediate levels, of which one needs to be an Advanced level (MQF/EQF level 4) pass, these must add to 22 points as per matrix provided AND passes at grade 5 (SSC&P level 3) or better in SEC examinations in English and Mathematics OR
  • Apply as a mature student, at least 23 years of age by the beginning of the academic year applied for, and subject to proficiency and/or aptitude tests as per direction of the ITS

Additional Information

All students will be asked for a Food Handling License in the application form. Applicants who are still not in possession of the license at the application phase will be directed on the application form itself to apply for the Food Handling Course which leads to License B.

* Fees

  • EU/EEA Nationals with a Valid Maltese ID Passport or Maltese ID Card or Maltese Residence Permit following Courses on Campus and Online €0 per semester
  • EU/EEA Nationals with a valid EU Passport and/or EU ID card opting to follow courses online only, where applicable €0 per semester
  • Non-EU Nationals residing in Malta following Full-Time Courses €2,150 per semester
  • Non-EU Nationals following Full-Time Courses Online only, where applicable €0 per semester

Course Provider

About the Institute of Tourism Studies
The Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS), established in 1987, is Malta's leading tourism and hospitality educational institution. ITS offers a broad selection of study programmes taught by experienced and dedicated lecturers. The campus provides multiple specialised labs and kitchens to ensure that students receive the essential theoretical and practical education.

The Institute of Tourism Studies, located close to the Malta International Airport and sister campus in Qala, Gozo, currently offers programmes of study ranging from Foundation Programme (MQF Level 2) to Masters Degree Programmes (MQF Level 7) level. ITS has a signed academic affiliation with the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM), ranked one of the top ten institutions globally in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

In addition to the agreement with EAHM, ITS has secured contracts throughout the years with various top international universities and institutions to ensure students not only graduate from a reputable institute but in the process have the opportunity to study at these institutions. Students can obtain a more comprehensive experience and develop skills to meet diverse international standards.

ITS works closely with the highly esteemed Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Finland and Institut Lyfe (formerly known as Institut Paul Bocuse.) in France to offer its degree programmes in Bachelor in International Hospitality Management and Bachelor in Culinary Arts, respectively.

The Institute of Tourism Studies prides itself on offering students theoretical knowledge and extensive hands - on experience throughout the ITS training restaurants, kitchens, and hospitality laboratories. ITS students also gain opportunities for further training through the Local Industrial Trade Practice and International Internship, which is included in the students' programme of study.

With various programmes available at multiple levels, covering the necessities of the tourism and hospitality industry, students can be sure they have the best opportunity to specialise in areas suited to their abilities and interests.


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