Diploma in Culinary Arts

Reliance College

Course Overview

Culinary arts is a field that combines creativity and technical skills to create delicious and visually appealing dishes. Not only does it involve mastering various cooking techniques, flavour profiles, and presentation styles to satisfy the palates of diners, you must also stay updated on food safety regulations and industry trends to ensure the highest quality standards are met.

Our Diploma in Culinary Arts is a Dual Award by Reliance College and BHMS (Business and Hotel Management School) in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Gain a comprehensive education in the culinary arts by seamlessly blending academic knowledge with practical, real-world application. Our programme provides exposure to global culinary trends, ensuring that you stay current with the latest innovations in the field. You will gain hands-on experience in a professional kitchen, learning from seasoned chefs and industry experts. This holistic approach is specifically designed to prepare you for a successful career in the culinary sector, equipping you with the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to excel in a dynamic and competitive industry.  

Whether you aspire to become a top chef, a restaurant owner, or a food entrepreneur, the Reliance Diploma in Culinary Arts will provide the foundation and opportunities to achieve your culinary dreams. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain practical training and engage in hands-on experience
  • Complete an internship that will significantly enhance your CV and employment prospect
  • Gain exclusive knowledge in different operational aspects of the industry
  • Gain direct entry into the final year of the Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts, validated and awarded by Robert Gordon University (UK) and BHMS.
  • Gain a Higher Diploma in Culinary Arts from BHMS
  • Get your very own Professional Knife Set and Chef Uniform

      Why choose Reliance College?

      Founded in the early 1980s, Reliance College is a pioneer in the field of Tourism and Hospitality education. We offer a cutting-edge education experience designed to give you expert practical training alongside the management skills you need for a career in the global hospitality industry. Our forward-thinking courses offer strong industry connections and a high-quality curriculum to launch your career in hospitality and to be prepared for the changing nature of work.

      How Do I Get In?

      • 3 credits in SPM, or
      • UEC with grade B for 3 subjects, or
      • O-Level with grade C for 3 subjects, or
      • Completed SKM3, or
      • STPM grade C for 1 subject or
      • STAM with minimum grade MAQBUL with any subjects, or
      • Other qualification recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education

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      Year 1

      Food Safety and Sanitation
      This module covers food safety, including the causes, symptoms, and prevention of foodborne illnesses. You will learn about maintaining cleanliness in food production to prevent contamination, explore food safety management systems like HACCP, and identify common hazards such as biological contaminants.

      Introduction to Nutrition
      This module introduces you to essential human nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. It explores the factors shaping food choices, dietary habits, and nutritional outcomes, including social, cultural, economic, and environmental influences. Additionally, it emphasises healthy eating principles such as moderation, variety, and portion control.

      Kitchen Management
      This module covers the principles of kitchen design and layout optimisation aimed at maximising efficiency and productivity. It emphasises the significance of workflow, strategic equipment placement, and organised station arrangements. Additionally, you will learn about the roles and responsibilities associated with various kitchen positions.

      Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism management
      This module provides an introduction to hospitality and tourism management, covering the fundamentals of hotel, restaurant, travel agency, and event planning operations. You will gain an insight into crucial concepts like customer service, marketing strategies, revenue management, and sustainability practices.

      Baking and Pastry Arts
      This module offers comprehensive training and expert guidance to master the art of baking and pastry making. You will learn essential techniques for crafting a diverse array of baked goods, from bread and pastries, to cakes and desserts. You will also delve into the science behind baking ingredients and their interactions to ensure perfect results.

      Essential Cuisine 1
      In this introductory module, you will delve into the foundational principles and techniques of cooking. You will acquire essential knife skills, grasp various cooking methods, and understand crucial kitchen safety procedures to establish a robust culinary foundation. You will also explore the significance of ingredient selection, flavour balancing, and recipe execution in the creation of delicious meals.

      Introduction to Marketing
      In this introductory module, you will delve into the fundamental concepts and principles of marketing. You will explore the role of marketing in business and its influence on consumer behavior and market trends, and gain a better understanding into the marketing mix, including strategies for product, price, place, and promotion.

      Essential Cuisine 2
      In this intermediate-level cooking module, you will elevate your culinary skills and knowledge through advanced techniques and recipes. You will also refine your cooking methods such as searing, braising, roasting, and sautéing to attain optimal flavour and texture in dishes, plus learn the intricacies of timing, seasoning, and flavour balancing to craft harmonious and well-executed meals.

      Asian Cuisine
      Embark on a journey through the vibrant and diverse culinary tapestry of Asia in this comprehensive module. You will delve into the distinctive flavours, ingredients, and cooking methods of a range of Asian cuisines, encompassing Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai, and more. You will also learn the cultural significance and historical influences that have shaped these culinary traditions over time.

      People Skills
      Through this module, you will delve into the essentials of interpersonal skills development, aimed at fostering positive relationships and effective communication. You will also explore techniques for active listening, empathy, and conflict resolution, providing you with the tools to navigate social interactions confidently and with diplomacy.

      Business Communication
      You will be taught the principles and practices of effective communication within a business context, learning to communicate professionally and persuasively through various channels, including written, verbal, and nonverbal means. You will also learn to develop skills in business writing, such as crafting emails, memos, reports, and presentations, with an emphasis on clarity, conciseness, and professionalism.

      Special Breads & Pastries
      In this specialised module, you will explore the art of crafting unique and delectable breads and pastries, gaining insight into the science of fermentation, dough development, and pastry lamination to achieve optimal texture, flavour, and rise. Through hands-on experimentation, you will learn about various fillings, toppings, and decorations to personalise and elevate your creations.

      Mainstream English I
      This module encourages interaction with different forms of written and spoken English, covering articles, essays, presentations, and discussions. It aims to enhance reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English, emphasising comprehension and communication strategies applicable to academic, professional, and everyday situations.

      Purchasing and Cost Control
      You will explore the principles and techniques of control theory in this comprehensive module, and learn about the fundamentals of feedback systems, stability analysis, and control design.

      Year 2

      Malaysian Economy
      Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Malaysian economy, its structure, and key sectors, while exploring the historical, political, and socio-economic factors that have shaped its development. Examine Malaysia's economic policies, including industrialisation strategies, trade policies, and fiscal measures, and analyse the role of government intervention, institutions, and regulations in shaping its economic landscape.

      Community Service Project 1
      Engage in meaningful community service activities aimed at addressing local needs and making a positive impact by collaborating with community organisations, non-profits, or government agencies to identify service opportunities and project goals.

      Academic Writing and Study Skills
      In this module, you will develop essential academic writing skills to excel in college-level coursework by learning effective strategies for researching, planning, drafting, and revising academic papers and essays.

      Garde Manger
      Delve into the art of garde manger, focusing on the cold kitchen and the preparation of cold dishes, while learning techniques for food preservation such as curing, smoking, pickling, and fermentation. Master the intricate art of charcuterie, including crafting terrines, pâtés, sausages, and cured meats, and develop proficiency in the preparation and presentation of hors d'oeuvres, canapés, and appetisers.

      Advanced Baking and Pastry Arts
      Embark on an advanced exploration of baking and pastry, delving into intricate techniques and recipes, while gaining hands-on experience in recipe development, menu planning, and pastry kitchen management. Develop expertise in bread baking, covering topics such as sourdough starters, artisanal breads, and specialty breads from various culinary traditions worldwide.

      Industrial Training
      Acquire practical experience and hands-on training within a professional work environment, where theoretical knowledge is applied to real-world tasks and projects under the guidance of industry professionals. Learn to seamlessly adapt to professional norms and expectations, including workplace etiquette, dress code, and professional conduct.

      Commercial Kitchen Operations
      Delve into different service styles, encompassing fine dining, casual dining, banquet, and buffet service, to understand their nuances and requirements. Recognise the paramount importance of customer service, mastering the art of greeting guests, taking orders, and handling complaints with professionalism and efficiency.

      International & Fusion Cuisines
      Delve into culinary traditions from across the globe, spanning Asian, Mediterranean, Latin American, and Middle Eastern cuisines. Uncover the principles of fusion cuisine, which entail blending elements from diverse culinary traditions to craft innovative and captivating dishes.

      European Cuisine
      Embark on a culinary journey through the diverse traditions and regional specialties of several European countries, encompassing France, Italy, Spain, Greece, and more. Delve into the historical influences, signature ingredients, and distinctive cooking techniques that define European cuisine. Uncover the significance of seasonality, freshness, and quality ingredients in European cooking, emphasising their role in flavor enhancement.

      Malaysian Cuisine
      Embark on a journey through the rich and diverse culinary tapestry of Malaysia in this comprehensive module. Gain insights into the multicultural influences that have shaped Malaysian cuisine, drawing from Malay, Chinese, Indian, and indigenous traditions. Delve into traditional cooking techniques specific to Malaysian cuisine, mastering the art of stir-frying, steaming, grilling, and stewing.

      MPU Modules

      Appreciation of Ethics and Civilsation
      You will study about ethics and civilisation, highlighting their importance in both societal structures and personal growth. You will also reflect on the historical and philosophical roots of civilisation, tracing the development of ethical frameworks within human societies over time.

      Philosophy and Current Issues
      This module delves into the intersection of philosophy with contemporary social, political, and ethical issues, encouraging critical thinking and reflection. You will get to examine philosophical viewpoints on current topics like justice, freedom, morality, technology, and the environment. Through analysis of key philosophical theories and concepts, you will gain insight into understanding and addressing modern-day challenges.

      Malay Communication I
      In this introductory course, you will explore the basics of Malay language communication. You will develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Malay through interactive lessons and activities. This curriculum covers essential vocabulary, grammar rules, and language structures necessary for effective communication in everyday contexts.

      National Language A
      In this foundational course, you will delve into the fundamentals of the national language. You will also develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through structured lessons and activities. This curriculum covers essential vocabulary, grammar rules, and language structures necessary for effective communication in diverse contexts.

      Community Service
      You will learn how to perform a community needs assessment, select a project, solidify financial and logistical plans, map the project, and detail the project plan so that you can implement a high-impact, well-managed community service initiative. 

      Tuition Fees

      Malaysian Student

      International Student

      RM27,900

      RM35,900

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