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Leiths International Diploma in Food and Wine

We are now taking bookings for the 2022 International Diploma. The fee for this course is £22,965 (a deposit of £2,220 and £1,495 for the online course to be paid initially). Please call +44208 749 6400 to book an interview in person if you are able to visit the school in London, or by telephone or Zoom.

Please see our full price list here.

The Leiths International Diploma in Food and Wine is the perfect gateway to your professional culinary education. Blending together online and physical learning, it allows international students to achieve the full Leiths Diploma in Food and Wine, whilst only committing to 6 months based in London.

This makes it possible to achieve our internationally renowned culinary Diploma on a standard visitor short term study visa. Some students, depending which passport they hold can apply for clearance upon entry providing that they have not previously been refused a visa, or have a criminal record. You can check if you need to apply for a visa in advance here.

The course offers a comprehensive professional training that will ensure a rounded knowledge of food and wine along with a clear sense of current industry trends and culinary styles, menu planning and budgeting. The style of cooking is based on classic techniques, but increasingly influenced by international food trends and current approaches to cooking and eating, ensuring that graduates are ready to enter a dynamic food industry. Successful students will also gain a CTH Level 4 Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts.

How does the International Diploma in Food and Wine work?

The first part of your course (the foundation skills) are taught online via a 24-part course. You will cook alongside video content, submit images of your food and then be given detailed feedback on your progress by your dedicated tutor. You will be part of a cohort of students all undertaking the same process which enables you to learn from one another and interact before joining us for the Two Term Diploma in Food and Wine.

Equipment lists and shopping lists will be sent to you in advance of each session, allowing you to be fully prepared, and you will have full tech support, should you need it, from our digital partners.

The online course enables students to revisit skills a number of times whilst having unique and direct access to a Leiths teacher who will be swift to respond and keep you focused.

Having completed the foundation skills, your learning will transfer in January to our London school. We require all students to join us for an Induction Week from 4th-7th January 2022, which allows you to familiarise yourself with the kitchens, meet the teachers and other new students.

Thereafter, for the next six months, you will be based at our London school and part of our Diploma cohort, undertaking the dynamic Intermediate and Advanced terms (of 11 weeks each), dividing your time between kitchen sessions, demonstrations, wine lectures, and learning from guest chefs. The course is busy and fast paced, with at least 50% of your time spent in the kitchens, so good preparation is essential.

Studying in the UK

Students from all around the world travel to London to study at Leiths, and this mix of individuals with different backgrounds and varying culinary traditions is part of what makes our course so special. As the Diploma is full time and involves lots of teamwork, you will find you quickly make friends, and living in the thriving food metropolis that is London, you will discover many exciting things to do in your free time. We are keen to ensure that we welcome people from all backgrounds so if there is anything in particular we can help with, please don’t be afraid to ask.

How to book

If you are considering enrolling on one of our professional courses, we would like to offer you the opportunity to book in for an informal one to one chat with a senior member of the Leiths team, which is the first stage of the application process for our professional courses.

To arrange this, please call +44208 749 6400, or email our registrar on

You will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. Before the course begins, you will be provided with information explaining how to download and use the Workshop app, which you will use for the first term. In order to start the second part of your training at our cookery school in London in January 2022, you must complete your digital training by December 2021. Ideally students will start their online training in May by October 2021 to allow time for repetition of the skills you will be taught. Some students with previous experience in the industry will be able to take this initial training at a faster pace.

If necessary, the process of applying for your short term study standard visitor visa is estimated to take 3 to 4 weeks (with an expedited service being a possible option which takes an estimated 7 – 10 working days). Some students, depending with passport they hold can apply for clearance upon entry providing that they have not previously been refused a visa, or have a criminal record. You can check if you need to apply for a visa in advance here.


Students requiring a visa for the course will need to apply for a 6 month study visa. Please direct all visa related questions to our registrar by emailing

Once you have enrolled on the course, the registrar will provide you with the documentation you will need to apply for your visa/ and or, travel with.

For the purposes of maintenance evidence for the visa, please note that students will need to provide evidence (bank statements) that they have the funds to support themselves while studying in the UK. The recommendation is £1,300 per month if studying in London. If you will be staying with friends or family while in the UK, which will decrease your living costs, you can include evidence of this.

The fee to apply for a short term study standard visitor visa is £95.


Your place on the London-based terms of the International Diploma will depend on you fulfilling the online content to the required standard. Those who do not successfully complete the first part of the course will not be able to progress onto the Intermediate and Advanced terms.

It will be useful for you to get some kitchen experience in your home country, and we will guide you as you do this.

Successful applicants will have very good spoken English, and good written English.

Qualifications Leiths International Diploma in Food and Wine

By completing this course, you will gain the following qualifications:

Students completing the Leiths Diploma course are entered for the 'Best Overall Student Award', sponsored by I&P Olive Oils, and the 'Best Wine Student Award', sponsored by Louis Latour. The prizes are generous, enjoyable and educational.

Facilities Leiths International Diploma in Food and Wine

Leiths School of Food and Wine is located over 4 floors of a light and airy space on a residential street between Shepherd's bush and Chiswick in West London.

The school is comprised of four kitchens, three of which are used for the full time students while the fourth is used for recipe development, corporate team building, one day workshops, photography and filming.

The kitchens are all equipped with gas ovens and hobs of the same design and high standard employed by most professional restaurants and catering kitchens, giving students access to all the equipment needed to learn to cook professionally.

The demonstration kitchen on the ground floor is fully air conditioned and fitted with LCD screens and cameras enabling students to see the close up details of each step of the dishes and techniques demonstrated by the teachers and outside lecturers.

Students have access to a library of cookery books and magazines for reference, a student dining room, changing facilities and WiFi. There are computers at their disposal.

Careers Leiths International Diploma in Food and Wine

What you could do with a Leiths Diploma:

  • Set up your own catering company or freelance for other caterers
  • Become a food stylist and make food look beautiful for photography
  • Develop dishes or products for a food producer or supermarket
  • Teach others to cook
  • Write recipe books
  • Become a food writer
  • Become a private chef for a family
  • Work in food media, marketing or PR
  • Become a chef and aim for a Michelin star or 3!

Leiths graduates have gone on to become chefs in the country's finest restaurants, leaders of the London food scene, celebrated TV chefs, editors and stylists at top food publications or successful food entrepreneurs.

* All prices correct at time of publishing. Please note that prices are likely to change at the end of each financial year (April).



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