Passionate about food? This one-year Diploma course is designed to help students begin careers in the catering industry. The course consists of units ranging from food safety in catering, to understanding customer service in the hospitality industry and learning how to prepare and produce food using a variety of cooking methods.


Meet our students Riley Coleman

Riley Coleman

“I enjoyed the comfort and atmosphere of the course; I feel I learned and achieved a lot in the two years I studied professional cookery and I am very appreciative of the help and encouragement I was given by my lecturer.”

Riley Coleman
Professional Cookery - Now Chef de Partie at The Pheasant, Highclere

  • Description

    Passionate about food? This one-year Diploma course is designed to help students begin careers in the catering industry. The course consists of units ranging from food safety in catering, to understanding customer service in the hospitality industry and learning how to prepare and produce food using a variety of cooking methods.

  • Entry Requirements
    Four GCSE passes at grade 2 or above, preferably to include Maths and English, or a vocational qualification at pass or above, and Functional Skills Maths and English preferably at Entry Level 3.

    Students who have not yet achieved grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English, will study Functional Skills or GCSE Maths and English as part of their course.

  • Qualification

    City & Guilds L1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery.

  • Progression

    Level 2 Diploma in Cookery or an apprenticeship.

  • Assessment

    This course is assessed through regular practical assessments and the completion of a portfolio. There are assignments and written work attached to the course and a multiple choice examination. Students also complete an end-of-year synoptic assessment.

  • Home Study

    Prior to practical sessions it is important for students to do some research to improve their knowledge and understanding. Students need to have recipes and time plans in place for assessments.

  • Work Placement

    No relevant employment is necessary for this course, but work experience is a mandatory part of the qualification. Students are encouraged to source their work experience early in the programme as it contributes to future progression opportunities.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    We advise the purchase of the following equipment: chefs uniforms, set of professional knives, cookery books, files and pens, and front of house uniform, approximate costs will be discussed at interview. Students under 18 years of age will have access to all the necessary equipment they need to help them complete their studies. All information will be provided at interview.

Code Start Fees*
COOKL1 212201 September 2021 Fee Information

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.