- Langside Campus
- SCQF Level
- Start Date
- 23 Aug 2021
- Qualification Type
- Course Type
- Short Full-Time
- 18 weeks
Course closed. Applications reopen in January 2022.
National Progression Award (NPA) in Professional Cookery will give you practical cookery skills as well as provide you with the skills and knowledge required for entry-level positions in the hospitality industry.
What will I learn?
Units that you may study include:
- Food preparation techniques: an introduction
- Cookery processes: an introduction
- Food hygiene for the hospitality industry
- Craft bakery: an introduction
- Cake decoration: an introduction
- Building your own employability skills
- Safety in the professional kitchen
- World foods
Group Award in:
- Professional Cookery.
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)
- No formal entry qualifications are required
- You must have an interest in the catering and hospitality industry
- An interview will be part of the selection process
- References on request
- Proof of residency and ESOL Level 2 will be required.
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Employer and industry links
You will complete the 'Building your own Employability Skills' unit, which will allow you to apply for suitable jobs. You will also practice interview skills and compile a CV.
Current job vacancies are posted on the Student Notice Board.
Jobs and further study
- NPA Bakery Level 4
- NQ Practical Cookery Level 4
- NPA Professional Cookery Level 5
- NQ Bakery Level 5
- NQ Professional Cookery Level 5
- Jobs in the hospitality industry.
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 March and may continue until the course starts in August
- The interview will initally be by telephone followed by a short one-to-one with a lecturer in the college where you will be given details of the course and its content and allowed to ask any relevant questions
- References may also be requested
- 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.
- reserve 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.