This one-year course will suit students with some basic skills and experience as a chef, probably gained through work experience under supervision. Students on the course will gain a formal qualification and increase their employment skills allowing them to take on a more senior role.


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

    The qualification consists of 14 units which range from: kitchen operations, costs and menu planning, to prepare and cook meat. As well as the taught units, this course includes a mandatory work experience element.

    Students are encouraged to source their work experience early in the programme, as it contributes to future progression opportunities.

  • Entry Requirements

    Level 1 Cookery and five GCSE passes at grade 3 (D) or above, preferably including Maths and English, or an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 1.

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

  • Qualification

    City & Guilds Professional Cookery Level 2 Diploma

  • Progression

    Level 3 Diploma in Cookery or an apprenticeship.

  • Assessment

    For the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery students complete practical assessments and assignments and complete a portfolio of evidence. Students also complete and end of year synoptic exams

  • Home Study

    Homework is set to reinforce skills and knowledge learned within practical and theory sessions. Students are expected to have sound research skills, and the dedication and motivation to carry out this work.

  • Work Placement

    As well as the taught units, this course includes a mandatory work experience element. Students are encouraged to source their work experience early in the programme, as it contributes to future progression opportunities.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Like any vocation, without the right tools it is impossible to do the job well. Students are expected to have their own Chefs uniform including safety shoes, a set of knives, basic equipment (such as measuring spoons and gas lighter etc.), books, files and pens, front of house uniform (black trousers/skirt, white shirt/blouse) and apron.

    On accepting a place we will provide students with an equipment list from a supplier where students receive a discount on uniform (chefs whites and front of house apron), knives, books and additional small equipment.

Code Start Fees*
COOKL2 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.