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Professional Cookery: Level 2 Diploma

Course information

Course Summary

This vocationally-related qualification meets the needs of candidates who work or want to work as professional chefs in the catering and hospitality sector, allowing them to deveop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression.

Course Code:N4836
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 2
Course Length

One year.

Course Detail

Units you will study

  • Food safety in catering
  • Developing skills for employment in the catering and hospitality industry
  • Health and safety in catering and hospitality
  • Healthier foods and special diets
  • Catering operations, costs and menu planning
  • Prepare and cook stocks, soups and sauces
  • Prepare and cook fruit and vegetables
  • Prepare and cook meat and offal
  • Prepare and cook poultry
  • Prepare and cook fish and shellfish
  • Prepare and cook rice, pasta, grains and egg dishes
  • Produce hot and cold desserts and puddings

You will be assessed through practical skills, short-answer tests and assignments, tests and a synoptic exam.

As part of this course you will be required to attend an external work placement for total of 200 hours over the duration of your course, the awarding body determines the number of hours required to pass this qualification.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,065

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

In order for students to develop the necessary skills and competencies to the required standard, they will be required to carry out additional practical activities at home. The approximate cost of ingredients would be about £150.

There will be additional costs for professional uniform, safety shoes, course materials, educational trips and a professional set of knives.

Entry Requirements

Progressing Students

Successful completion of Level 1 Professional Cookery, or at least 12 months working in the catering industry, plus English and Maths. An enthusiasm and passion for working in the Hospitality and Catering Industry is required plus a satisfactory reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

On successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery with a merit grade, you can progress to Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery or Level 3 NVQ.

Other Information


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Last updated - 02/11/2021