This NQ Professional Cookery Techniques course is a great fast track course which will prepare you for entry into the hospitality industry, or as preparation for further study progressing onto Level 6.
The emphasis is on gaining practical cookery skills and techniques and an overall experience of the hospitality industry, working as part of a team in a realistic work environment, with lessons delivered in our specialist kitchens by professional Chefs.
What will I learn?
Some of the units included in the course are:
- Cookery processes
- Food hygiene
- Food preparation techniques
- Meal production and design
- Stocks and sauces
- Local hospitality provision
- Professional development
Some previous student comments include:
“I was nervous before I started the course and now feel much more confident about life in general.“
“This was the first time I have actually attended a course every day, I did not want to miss anything and the lecturers support was great. Thanks ”.
“Can't wait to do level 6.”
“I now feel confident about finding a job”
Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- A relevant qualification at Level 4 or equivalent relevant experience in the catering industry would be advantageous
- Core skills entry Level 4
- ESOL Level 3
- Entry will be by interview and references to determine if you are suitable for this course.
- References may be required
- You must have an interst in the hospitality industry
Employer and industry links
Students have the opportunity to gain part-time employment while attending college, through links to industry.
When you apply:
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:
- If you meet the entry requirements or have qualifications pending you will then be invited in for an interview
- Interviews will take place from October and may continue until the course starts in January
- When you attend the interview you must bring a copy of your qualifications and your reference/s
- The College’s admissions department will email you an electronic version of the reference form. Please print this and ask your referee to complete it before bringing it along to your interview along with a copy of your relevant proof of entry qualifications.
- If you are unable to bring these documents to the interview you will be unable to be offered an unconditional offer
- At the interview, you will hear about the course and then you will have a short one-to -one interview in private with a lecturer, where you will get the chance to ask questions about the course.
After you have attended your interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 1–2 weeks. The outcome would be one of the following:
- unconditional place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place.
- conditional place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualification which you may not be able to provide us until January. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place.
- waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around about the course start date.
- unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding. This will normally be sent out within three weeks of you accepting the place.
You will also be sent details on an information day. This normally takes place in January and may well be remotely on Zoom, and will give you the chance to meet other students on your course, get a tour of the college, meet some ex-students and get a chance to speak to people from industry.
You will then be sent out information about the induction date. This will take place in January, 2–3 weeks before the course start date.