Diploma in Professional Cookery

Qualification: City & Guilds NVQ Diploma
Level 2

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About this course

This part-time course is for the aspiring chefs of the future and gives you the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in order to further your career in the catering industry. Working in our new state of the art training kitchens as well as our modern professional production kitchens for our Aspire Restaurant, this course will give you the skills and techniques to work in a range of establishments within the hospitality and catering industry.

* Great news... if you're aged 19 or over and earning less than £17,374.50 a year (gross salary), you may not have to pay for this course. Apply online now!

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us.

Tel: 023 8048 4848
Email: enquiries@southampton-city.ac.uk 

What you will learn

The aim of this course is to learn good, professional cookery skills that will equip you for industry. Alongside the main kitchen techniques and skills, this course also includes health and safety, hygiene and all of the cookery elements as well as front of house restaurant and bar.

The work is mainly practical and you will need to complete a portfolio of evidence. Your portfolio will consist of an element of written knowledge and practical assessments at college, or at your place of work by one of our assessors. This course normally lasts one year of study, depending on experience and progress.

Learning style

This qualification is practically based with some formal classroom based learning.  Assessment is ongoing and allows for a range of learning styles through workshops, taught sessions and practical work.


Our modern commercial kitchens and commercial fine dining restaurant (Aspire) will provide you with the perfect place to learn your trade in this industry. Gain valuable experience of working in the restaurant and at catering events that will build your CV and enhance your employability.


There is no formal exam for this qualification, every unit is tested with a short test either short answer or multiple choice. Practical units are observed and assessed in the kitchen.

Entry requirements

You will either be already working in the catering industry or wishing to make catering a professional career. Appropriate levels of English and Maths will be required for the course and at the required interview all applicants will have an assessment test.

What next?
  • Apprenticeship in Hospitality or Catering
  • Employment in the hospitality and catering industry
Additional information

You will need catering equipment including full chef’s whites, a set of knives and safety shoes and front of house restaurant uniform costing approximately £200.

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