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NVQ Professional Cookery - Level 2 / 3


Are you currently working in the hospitality industry but want to enhance your skillset and further your career? This course could be the perfect next step for you.

Combining practical and theoretical units, this course will develop your skills, knowledge and confidence in a range of topics, including preparing different types of dishes, bread and pastry products and food safety.

Besides learning in our industry-standard kitchens, you are taught by highly-experienced chefs who have ran successful business and worked in Michelin star restaurants.

The course will take 10-months to complete and is an ideal step towards studying a Level 3 professional cookery course or a foundation degree at university. This course is one day per week on a Monday and there are various starting points over the year.

The course is a part-time course for learners aged 19 or over only and is running on a rolling basis, with new intakes starting approximately every four weeks.

Start dates and fees

Start dates are detailed in the table below


Course fees are detailed in the table below. However, this course is free if:

  • It is your first level 3 qualification
  • You have a level 3 qualification but it was achieved before April 2021
  • You are unemployed and receiving benefits
  • You are employed and earning less than £18,525 per year.

A chefs uniform and knife set will be required. This can be purchased from our supplier at a cost of £165.10.

Depending on your status, you may be entitled to a bursary to help with equipment costs.

Start DatePart/Full-timeCodeFee
09/01/2023PT1830A101£3345.00** E
18/09/2023PT1830A101£3345.00** E

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our fees for adult learners page for more information.

What will I study?

Course modules include

  • Maintaining food safety
  • Developing productive working relationships
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing fish dishes
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing meat, poultry, and game dishes
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing soups and sauces
  • Preparing, cooking and finishing breads, dough, and pastry products.

Entry requirements

You must have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 3/D in English, or extensive industry experience.

How long is the course?

10 months

How will I be assessed?

Your progress will be monitored and assessed through continuous practical assessments and through multiple choice question to assess your knowledge.

What can I progress onto?


How do I apply?

To apply for this course, please email

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