Our nine-week Diploma in British Brewing Technology is our longest and most comprehensive course, providing all the knowledge and skills you need to become a professional brewer. It is ideal for anyone looking to gain employment in the industry and for those looking to set up or establish a commercial microbrewery. The course has an unrivalled practical focus and is suitable for those with no prior brewing experience as well as those looking to develop home brew skills.
Along with gaining the accredited Brewlab Diploma in British Brewing Technology, you will also acquire many elements of the knowledge required to undertake the internationally recognised IBD General Certificate Examination.
A huge number of our graduates are now operating their own microbreweries and you can read about them in our case studies section.
The course features the opportunity to design and brew your own recipes from scratch on our specialised small-scale development kits. This enables you to put learning into action and provides a fundamental understanding of topics such as liquor calculations and recipe formulation.
Brewlab has its own on-site 500 litre commercial brewery which is an ideal practical environment to demonstrate all parts of the brewing process enabling you to gain first hand experience of a full brew day In addition, you will also attend seven daily placements at local successful microbreweries.
You will also have access to our laboratory facilities using techniques which Brewlab uses as one of the UK’s leading providers of all types of quality assurance for the brewing industry. This will give you a unique opportunity to delve into the requirements of quality assurance in micro brewing, assisting you to plate up and identify beer characteristics at a microbiological level.
At Brewlab we offer an industry leading sensory evaluation module that provides a sound introduction to standard flavour and taste training techniques. The finished products you create will be entered into group tasting sessions where feedback and recommendations are offered.
Students who attend this course will have the knowledge and skills to produce a wide variety of high-quality beers, brewed consistently, In addition the commercial business elements of the training provide you with the frameworks for setting up and operating a successful brewing business. This includes premises and equipment design advice, encompassing all of the legal HMRC requirements.
The course is tutored by industry specialists who have a vast wealth of expertise and experience in their fields.
“The Diploma is ideal for micro brewers like me. The course is very practical and helps improve my brewing, my understanding and my creativity.”
Eber Andriuolo, Diploma student
Some understanding of the brewing process, along with basic maths and chemistry skills, are beneficial but not essential.
Visits to major suppliers and manufacturers such as maltings, equipment suppliers and fabricators are included. Evening social visits are arranged with breweries to allow the opportunity to meet brewers in informal settings and to experience the historic production plants associated with acclaimed British beers.
Extended placements are available following the course – please enquire for details.
Many of our previous students now operate their own successful craft breweries and you can read about these in our case studies section.
There are 45 teaching days on the course and the fee is £8,750 (£195 per day). A mid-course break offers the chance for revision or to undertake tourism in the UK or around Europe.
A £900.00 deposit is required to secure a booking. The balance has to be paid 6 weeks prior to the course start date.
Self catering accommodation is included in the course fee through the University of Sunderland.
If you wished to arrange your own accommodation the revised course fee would be £7,210 (£160 per day).
Payment plans can be arranged on request.
All prices include VAT where applicable.
Our course payment terms and conditions can be read here.