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Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts

Length: 1 year
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Diploma / Certificate
Institute: BHMS
Scholarships available: Yes
Location: Lucerne
Language: English

Program description

Program description

Study Culinary Arts at B.H.M.S.

The second year of culinary studies leading to the Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts consists of one intensive study period of 6 months at the B.H.M.S. campus in Lucerne, Switzerland, and one practical paid industry training period of 4-6 months in the Swiss or international food production industry.

The B.H.M.S. Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts program is specifically designed for young adults wishing to develop their careers in the field of gastronomy. It can also benefit people looking to obtain the necessary specialized knowledge when contemplating opening their own culinary or catering business. The program builds on the 1st year Diploma to further develop practical and professional competencies in dish creation and production, while also introducing fundamental food service management skills, Students with the appropriate qualifications can enter the program in the second year.

The second year of the culinary arts degree, explores regional and international cuisines enabling students to prepare a range of international favorites. Dish composition and plate decoration variations are applied and evaluated. A specialist course focusing on chocolate further enhances the patisserie knowledge gained in year 1. By the time students have entered this program, they should have developed a love and passion for food as will be exemplified by their dedication to this highly respected and very much in demand profession. Students must pass and prove their ability before being placed into an internship position.

Admission requirements

The Entry Requirements for the Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts (Second year) are:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • 10 + 2 years of secondary higher education
  • B.H.M.S. Year 1 Diploma in Culinary Arts or equivalent
  • English language skills at a level equal to IELTS 5.5

Career & Placement Services

B.H.M.S. is affiliated with various multinationals and consultants to assist students to apply for the international job market.B.H.M.S. mediates the relation between various employment consultants and students to assist them with interview preparation, written and video resumes as well as employment documentations.


The Language of instruction in all courses at B.H.M.S. is English. However, students also learn German, as knowledge of several languages is an important asset in the hotel industry and is an extra "passport" for a global career. German lessons also help students to communicate with the local community and during their industry placement as these are mainly based in the German speaking part of Switzerland.

Paid Industry Training in Switzerland

Industry training is an integral part of the study program at B.H.M.S. During every academic year, students may be required to carry out 4-6 months industry training period in a hotel or a restaurant approved by B.H.M.S. A Career and Placement Counselor assists students with placements in hotels and restaurants in Switzerland and outside Switzerland as well.

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B.H.M.S. Switzerland: Your Stepping Stone to a Global Career!

B.H.M.S. Business & Hotel Management School is part of the Benedict Education Group, one of Switzerland’s largest and oldest private education institutions with 4 campuses in Switzerland and over 15,000 part-time and full-time students and professionals studying at its premises...

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Gütschstrasse 2 - 6
6003 Lucerne

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