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About the course

This hands-on programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to help you become a professional chef. It will open doors to various sectors of the food industry and provide you with many workplace essentials. Throughout this course you will gain high standard cookery skills in our state-of-the art facilities, alongside other fundamental knowledge in hygiene, health & safety, teamwork and customer care.

Entry requirements

2 GCSEs at grade 3 and 2 GCSEs at grade 2. One of these must be in Food Technology or Catering.

How much does it cost?

Free to students aged 16-18.

Uniform approx £320. Visits £120. Locker £10 deposit (£5 returnable at end of programme). 

Who is it suitable for?

You will have some basic skills and experience as a chef, probably from a role where you work under supervision. You will be looking to gain a formal qualification and increase your skills so that you can take on a more senior role.

Awarding Body

City & Guilds

Why study?

This is a practical programme, which helps the you to develop the knowledge of cooking and food service skills needed to prepare a wide range of dishes. The qualification can help you become a chef within various sectors of the industry. You’ will gain a good standard of cookery skills and learn workplace essentials.

You will have the opportunity to take part in catering competitions, cook and serve at speciality functions and produce food and serve in the College's Skylight Restaurant.

Where will this course take me?

Employment as a chef in hotels, restaurants or industrial catering establishments, either at home or overseas.

Core modules

  • Safe working practices in the hospitality industry

  • Introduction to professional cookery

  • Tools and equipment used in professional cookery

  • Boiling, poaching and steaming

  • Stewing and braising

  • Baking roasting and grilling

  • Deep frying and shallow frying

  • Producing cold food products 

How will I be assessed?

Practical assessment, short answer tests and written assignments.

Will I have to provide anything?

Uniform approx £320. Visits £120. Locker £10 deposit (£5 returnable at end of programme). 

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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