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Restaurant and Food Programme

Do you like to create an experience for other people? If you want to engage in practical work focussed on food, this is the programme for you.

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What you will learn in the Restaurant and Food Programme

In the Restaurant and Food Programme, you will learn the craft of making food and pastries. You will also learn how to produce and handle food.

You will learn both traditional and modern artisanal methods in professional cooking, baking and serving. The programme covers the meal as a holistic experience, sales, service, hygiene, nutrition, special diets, and alcohol serving.

You will get to hone your professional skills in real-life situations together with others. You will learn to cooperate and develop your ability to interact with customers and provide good service.

The programme mixes theory with practical elements. You will practice taking the initiative, being flexible, responsive, and creative, and working independently. You will plan, organise, implement and quality-assure your work.

Economics and entrepreneurship are also included in the education.

The programme places great emphasis on work environment issues, with the aim of avoiding occupational injuries and promoting good health.

I enjoy cooking and have kinda been doing it my whole life. I sort of grew up in the kitchen, and always hung out with my Mom when she was cooking and baking, so this was a natural choice for me. But even if you can’t cook, you’re welcome to join the programme and learn.

Axel / Restaurant and Food Programme

Intended learning outcomes

The intended learning outcomes define what a learner will have acquired and will be able to do upon successfully completing their studies in a particular upper secondary school programme.

The intended learning outcomes for the Restaurant and Food Programme (

Programme structure

In the programme structure, you can see which subjects and courses are included in the educational programme. You can also see how many credits are earned for each course.

Programme structure for the Restaurant and Food Programme (pdf)

Two different specialisations

Baking and Patisserie Making

  • You will learn about the art of baking and patisserie making. This specialisation provides the opportunity to work as a baker or pastry chef, or in a related profession.

Kitchens and Serving

  • You will learn about cooking in a restaurant, about serving, and about bar work. This specialisation provides the opportunity to work as, a chef, waitress or waiter, or similar job.

I like that you can be so creative and do a lot of things. One day is never the same as the next.

Axel / Restaurant and Food Programme

Diploma project

At the end of the Restaurant and Food Programme, you must complete a diploma project in your chosen professional field. In your project, you must display evidence that you have the requisite knowledge to start working in the field in which you have received your education.

Learning in a Work Environment

Parts of the educational programme are conducted at one or more workplaces and lasts for a period of at least 15 weeks. These elements are called Learning in a Work Environment (“APL”). This is an important element of your education. APL gives you experiences and contacts that you can benefit from when applying for a job.


If your school offers upper secondary school apprenticeships within the framework of the programme, you can choose to take advantage of this opportunity. This means that you gain the same knowledge but carry out at least half of your studies in one or more workplaces.

Entering the workforce after graduation and examples of career paths

You can start working immediately after completing the programme. Below you will find examples of career paths for graduates, i.e., the professions in which you can look for work after graduating from the programme. Next to each profession is a link to facts about the responsibilities of the position and average wages/salary.

Baker and pastry chef

More information about working as a baker and pastry chef


More information about working as a cook or chef


More information about working as a waiter or waitress

Further information about the responsibilities of these professions and forecasts regarding the future prospects of each profession can be found in the “Hitta yrken A–Ö” service (“Find a profession, A–Z”).

Search various professions in the “Hitta yrken A–Ö” (“Find a profession, A–Z”) service

Eligibility to continue your studies after graduation

Do you want to continue your studies at a university or other higher education institution after completing the programme? This programme provides you with the general entry requirements for studying at an institution of higher education. After completing the programme, you also have the opportunity to continue your education at a polytechnic or independent adult education college (folkhögskola).

Use the entry requirements viewer to see the higher education programmes which you are eligible to apply to after graduation

Further information about upper secondary school

Further information about how upper secondary school works

Study and work without sacrificing your health