Catering and Hospitality, Agriculture, Horticulture


Culinary Arts & Hospitality

Culinary Arts & Hospitality offers full- and part-time courses, with additional apprenticeship and skill development courses accessible for students.


In addition, we operate a busy coffee lounge and bakery shop which serves locally-sourced produce, including beef and lamb.

All our produce is eared on the College farm with vegetables and herbs cultivated by the horticulture department.

As a result, the Blasus Restaurant has obtained the High Sheriff’s Award for its service excellence at the High Sheriff Ceremony.


Blasus Bakery Academy has been supplying bakery training for over fifty years. Equally, with one of the most significant facilities of its kind and only Bakery Academy in Wales, students can develop skills to work in the manufacturing and bakery sector.

The school has experienced staff who are qualified in all aspects of the hospitality, culinary arts, and bakery profession.

Students will gain strong links with employers which will allow them to undertake part-time employment alongside their studies.

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Above all, the hospitality industry is one of the largest trades in the UK, with a wealth of job opportunities.

These include food & drink service, hotel management, events management, restaurant management, bakers & patisserie chefs, contract catering, product development, and food manufacturing.

Agriculture & Horticulture

Fronlas Farm provides education in farming and agricultural methods for students new or experienced in the industry. Learning on the farm allows for the practical experience and academic knowledge of working in the agricultural industry to be gained by our students. On the farm, there are is a variety of different animals being raised by staff and students. More information about these animals, specifically the lambs can be found on the Fronlas blog.

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As well as offering a spectrum of City and Guilds Certificates of Competence, the Agriculture department at Fronlas Farm, Newtown is a custom-built centre of excellence for our students.


Employment opportunities are extensive in agriculture with full-time, part-time and apprenticeship courses available.

Lecturers have immense knowledge of the latest developments in production systems and IT technologies, including drone technology and GPS.

Based in Newtown College, The Agriculture department operates a 350-acre working upland sheep and beef farm alongside the learning campus.

Fronlas Farm allows students to gain up-to-date practical experience that reflects the agriculture industry of Mid Wales.

What is more, it provides purpose-built classrooms as well as workshops, cattle, and sheep housing and handling facilities.

The provision offers estate skills, conservation, and diversification opportunities, making the farm an essential practical resource for all land-based students.

Completion of an agriculture course offers a range of practical alternatives including farm manager, auctioneer, feed representative, advisory officer, farming specialist, land agent, farm inspector, and, agriculture department advisor.

Alternatively, many of our students progress to Higher Education either at the College or other institutions to study agriculture-related degrees.

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Horticulture is indeed a worldwide business that compromises a range of interests including large multinational companies, smaller entrepreneurial organisations, Local authorities, and National Trusts, making horticulturists high in demand.

Equally, in this dynamic sector, we offer a range of horticulture and gardening courses.

More specifically,  it involves the commercial production of fruit, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants.

Also, there is a focus on the design, establishment, and maintenance of our parks, gardens, sports grounds, and managed landscapes.

Furthermore, students can develop their enterprise skills through many sales activities with our fantastic facilities of large greenhouses and a wide polytunnel that features an intriguing range of plants.

Agriculture – HND (Full-Time)
Allotment Gardening
Artisan Bread
Basic Lambing Techniques
C&G Level 2 Diploma in Professional Bakery (Patisserie and Confectionery) (Full-Time)
C&G Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery & Food Service (VRQ) (Full-Time)
C&G Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Bakery, Patisserie & Confectionary Skills (Full-Time)
C&G Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality Supervision (Front of House) (Full-Time)
Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 2 (Part-Time)
Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 2 (Part-Time)
FDQ Level 1 Certificate in Cake Decoration – (Part-Time: Eve)
FDQ Level 1 Diploma in Food Industry Bakery Skills (Full-Time)
FDQ Level 2 in Cake Decoration – (Part-Time: Eve)
FDQ Level 3 Certificate in Cake Decoration – (Part-Time: Eve)
Growing Plants from Seed
Hospitality Management & the Culinary Arts – BA (Hons) (Full-Time)
Hospitality Management & the Culinary Arts – BA (Hons) Top-up Degree (Full-Time)
Hospitality Management & the Culinary Arts – HNC (Part-Time)
Hospitality Management & the Culinary Arts – HND (Full-Time)
Introduction to Cake Decorating
Introduction to Chocolate Work
Introduction to Hedge Laying
Introduction to Hospitality Industry Skills (Full-Time)
Introduction to Shearing
Introduction to Sugar Flowers
Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticultural Skills (Full-Time)
Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticultural Skills (Part-Time)
Level 2 Agricultural Engineering (Full-Time)
Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture/Gardening Skills (Part-Time)
Level 2 Customer Service (Highfield)
Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture (Full-Time)
Level 2 Diploma in Practical Horticultural Skills (Full-Time)
Level 3 Advanced Professional Cookery (Full-Time)
Level 3 Countryside Management (Full-Time)
Level 3 Diploma in Work-Based Horticulture (Full-Time)
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture (Full-Time)
Making the Most of Your Barbeque
NVQ Level 1 Certificate in Hospitality Skills
NVQ Level 1 Certificate in Hospitality Skills (Full-Time)
NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality (Full-Time)
Pizza Cookery
Professional Bakery Level 2 (Part-Time)
Professional Bakery Level 3 (Part-Time)
Professional Cookery NVQ Level 3 (Part-Time)
Regenerative Horticulture Level 2 NVQ Black Mountains College Diploma
Spring Planters
VRQ Level 1 Professional Cookery & Food Service (Full-Time)