This professional cookery course 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.
Practical lessons are delivered in our kitchens by Professional Chefs and theory subjects are delivered in our classrooms equipped with all the latest information technologies. You can also benefit from engaging with our new Inclusion Centre.
What will I learn?
Previous students have achieved on average 92% pass rate and have enjoyed external visits including a visits to hotels, Arran as a Farm To Fork project, Soup n Sandwich Days, Herb Garden with a Garden To the Plate Project.
Some of the student quotes include:
“Had a brilliant class, made lots of friends including the Lecturers and its made me want to stay on to do Level 5.”
“Managed to get a part time job and also do my course as it was only for 3 days and 18 weeks”.
Units that you may study inlcude:
- Food Preparation Techniques: An Intro
- 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
- Foods of the World
Group Awards in:
- Professional Cookery.
Employer and industry links
Students will complete Building Your Own Employability Skills unit, which will allow them to apply for suitable jobs. They will also practice interview skills and compile a CV.
Current job vacancies are also 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 Professional Cookery Level 5
- Jobs in the hospitality industry.
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
- Proof of residency will be required
- ESOL Level 2.
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 initally be a group interview followed by 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.