• August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Professional Cookery
  • SCQF Level 4


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Intro to the course:

This course will give you the experience and skills you will require to take the first steps into professional cookery within the catering industry.  You will gain valuable work experience including preparing and making food for our on-site bistro. 

We would welcome applicants whose first language is not English.

SCQF Level 4

Study mode

Start date

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to take their first steps into the industry

What will I study?

  • Professional Cookery at level 4
  • food preparation techniques - an introduction
  • cookery processes - an introduction
  • food hygiene for the hospitality industry
  • craft bakery - an introduction
  • cake decoration - an introduction
  • core skills

Next step course options

  • NPA Professional Cookery at SCQF level 5 
  • NC Hospitality Operations at SCQF level 5

How will I be assessed?

Ongoing practical assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

This course allows you to take the first steps into professional cookery within the hospitality industry.

The hospitality industry is wide and varied with many exciting roles to explore. The industry requires a number of new recruits each year, therefore it has never been more important to support the pipeline of talent into this sector each year. The sector covers a range of businesses from restaurants, hotels, cafes, conferences and event settings.

As part of your course, you will be able to develop key practical skills in our industry standard training facilities.

Where can this course lead?

This course can lead to employment as a trainee in the wide and diverse hospitality industry.

What are the entry requirements?

One or more of the following: 

  • two National 3 qualifications
  • equivalent recognised qualification 
  • we welcome applications from mature students, particularly those who lack formal qualifications but have experience in the industry
  • a keen interest in cooking, baking and the hospitality industry
  • if English is not your first language an interview to support your application may be beneficial

What are the interview arrangements?

Offers made will be based on your application.  Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements will be invited for an individual interview. 

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for short full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Other information:

This is  a full time course for 18 weeks:  August - January

Full time course: Full time for 18 weeks

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Study mode Full-Time Start date 28/08/2023 Duration 1 year
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