The general aim of the NQ Professional Catering Skills Level 5 award is to provide students with a fast track, practical flexible programme of knowledge, understanding and practical skills relevant to the Catering Industry. It is aimed at young people who have recently left school and mature adult returners who are looking to re-enter education or employment in a professional kitchen and further their career in the catering industry.
What will I learn?
- Cookery Processes
- Food Preparation Techniques
- Stocks and Sauces
- Cold Preparations
- R.E.H.I.S. Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate
- R.E.H.I.S. First Aid at Work Certificate
Group Awards in:
R.E.H.I.S Elementary Food Hygiene
Employer and industry links
Students will be encouraged to have part time jobs and to do work experience in the college refectory.
Jobs and further study
- NQ Professional Cookery Level 5
- NQ Professional Cookery Level 6
- Jobs in the hospitality industry.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- No hospitality formal entry qualifications are required. However, you must have an interest in the industry
- A relelvant qualifcation at Level 4 would be advantageous
- Entry will be by interview and references to determine if you are suitable for this course.
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.
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 you will be invited for an interview
- Interviews will take place from February and may continue until the course starts in August.
The interview will be a short one-to-one in private with a lecturer, where you will be given details of the course and its content and allowed to ask any relevant questions.
After your interview, you will be informed of the outcome 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. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place.
- waiting list- you have met all the entry requirements, however, the course is full. If places become available you will be contacted usually around 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.
Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
If a place is unavailable at the campus of your first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.
Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, for example student funding, joining instructions, kit list and an induction date.
This will normally be sent out within three weeks of you accepting a place.
Your induction and information day will be the first day of your course, where you will be given a uniform, a knife pack to use on the course and a tour of the college.