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Passionate about food? This one-year Diploma course is designed to help students begin careers as chefs. The course consists of 12 units which range from food safety in catering, to learning how to prepare and produce food using a variety of cooking methods.

Students gain a high standard of cookery skills and learn other workplace essentials such as health and safety in a modern kitchen. As well as 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

Four GCSE passes at grade 2 or above, preferably to include Maths and English, or a vocational qualification at pass or above, and Functional Skills Maths and English preferably at Entry Level 3.

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


Students get the opportunity of cooking and serving in the training Restaurant, gaining experience both in the kitchen and front of house.


City & Guilds L1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery.


This course is assessed through regular practical assessments and the completion of a portfolio. There are assignments and written work attached to the course and a multiple choice examination. Students also complete an end-of-year synoptic assessment.

Home Study

Prior to practical sessions it is important for students to do some research to improve their knowledge and understanding. Students need to have recipes and time plans in place for assessments.

Work Placement

No relevant employment is necessary for this course, but work experience is a mandatory part of the qualification. Students are encouraged to source their work experience early in the programme as it contributes to future progression opportunities.


Level 2 Diploma in Cookery or an apprenticeship.

Fees and Additional Costs

If you are over 18 there will be a registration fee of £90.00 if you have not previously registered with the exam board. We advise the purchase of the following equipment: chefs uniforms, set of professional knives, cookery books, files and pens, and front of house uniform, approximate costs will be discussed at interview. Students under 18 years of age will have access to all the necessary equipment they need to help them complete their studies. All information will be provided at interview.

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