Professional Cookery

Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma
Level 3

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About this course

Learn the skills to cook in the catering and food industry as a professional Chef. You will learn in our industry-standard training kitchens which serve our fine dining Aspire restaurant. This will provide you with the essential experience that employers look for when recruiting in the industry.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

What you will learn
  • Advanced professional cookery skills
  • Preparation and cooking of meat, fish and poultry
  • Complex hot and cold sauces and soups
  • Preparation of vegetable dishes including vegetarian and vegan
  • Fermented dough products
  • Hot and cold dessert products
  • Develop complex dishes for Aspire Restaurant
  • Supervision of staff in the training restaurant kitchen
  • Problem solving and team work
  • Food safety
  • Health and safety

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.


Professional Cookery Level 3 Assessment

Entry requirements
  • Level 2 in Hospitality & Catering (including Level 2 functional skills or GCSE English and maths grade 9-4/A*-C), OR
  • Relevant industry skills and experience

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

What next?
  • Career opportunities include chefs and chefs de partie in hotels, large restaurant chains and cruise ships
  • Cooks in hospital or schools
  • Degree at university
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Entry to industry competitions
  • Industry week activities
  • Work experience