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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
Short Full-Time
18 weeks (August to January)

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Professional Cookery Level 5 course is designed to provide you with practical and flexible knowledge, understanding and skills which are relevant in the catering industry. This course is purpose built to provide you with all the skills needed to choose your next step on your career journey as a professional chef or baker. The course is aimed at those who are looking to re-enter education or employment in the catering industry and is flexible enough to allow you to work part-time, whilst attending college.

What will I learn?

Some of the subjects included in the NPA Professional Cookery course are:

  • Professional cookery: Practical
  • Food hygiene for the hospitality industry
  • Pastry
  • Stocks, soups and sauces
  • Vegetarian cookery
  • First aid at work
  • REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate 
  • Working safely
  • Cold preparations
  • Guidance.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • NPA Professional Cookery Level 4
  • Core skills entry Level 4
  • ESOL Level 3
  • Entry will be by interview with references on request
  • You must have an interest in the hospitality industry, experience would be advantageous.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • 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 be encouraged to have a part-time job in the food industry and take part in work experience.

There will also be site visits within industry and guest speakers from the hospitality world may visit the college.

Jobs and further study

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.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder).

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be:

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional)
  • Invited to book an interview session
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following:

  1. Unconditional offer of a 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.
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  4. Reserve list – following your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. This will normally be sent out within three weeks of accepting your offer. 


More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3779