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Professional Cookery NVQ Level 2

If you like cooking, like working with people, are good at planning and are interested in working in a huge and dynamic industry, then this course, which builds upon level 1, is designed for you. It will help you to develop practical skills in food preparation and in food service, as well as teaching you the theory that supports these skills. You will work in our kitchens and restaurants, preparing and serving food to our customers, as well as learning in the classroom and going on educational visits.


On successful completion of the Level 1 you will be able to extend your culinary skills in the kitchen using a wide variety of foods, preparation and cooking methods. Alongside this you will also be able to cook in our Training Restaurant, which is open to the general public. Work experience will also be part of your programme. On completion of this course we expect students to go into employment or continue their studies with our Level 3 course


Exam Board: City & Guilds



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  • What will I study and learn?

    The practical part of the course will be taught 'hands on'. You will be shown how to prepare a dish and then practise it for yourself, before producing it for our paying customers. The practical units cover a full range of skills, from soups and sauces, meat, fish, poultry, bread, pastry, cakes and biscuits. The theory units, which take up a third of your time in college, will be taught in the classroom, with projects, assignments, presentations and research all playing a part in your learning. The topics you will cover range from an investigation into the catering industry, to hygiene and safe working practices and personal workplace skills.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The theory parts of your course will be tested by a mixture of assignments and short answer questions. The practical tasks will be assessed by two synoptic assessments, which require you to prepare a combination of dishes within a strict timeframe. You will be given constant feedback on how you are doing, and only tested when you are ready.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 and above and/or have Level 1 Professional Cookery and/or significant industry experience.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    The Level 2 qualification will allow you to find employment as a commis chef, an apprentice, or to continue your training at a higher level.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    Chefs and waitors will need to buy their own uniform, costing up to £100. There will also be costs incurred for a range of trips organised throughout the year.

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