Catering – Professional Cookery Level 1


Are you looking to begin or enhance your career in the diverse catering and hospitality industries? This course has been specially designed to further develop your culinary skills, whether you are an experienced chef or new to catering. It is ideal if you are progressing from a relevant Level 1 hospitality and catering course, or from professional experience progressing onto a Level 1 Apprenticeship programme.


This is an introductory course covering the basic essential skills of professional cookery to enable you to develop a career as a professional chef.

This course will provide you with an introductory pathway for further study on the Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery, an apprenticeship or entering into employment. The qualification covers all aspects of basic cooking methods, an introduction to the catering industry, food safety and health and safety. You will learn
to work as part of a team in the College’s excellent industry standard kitchen and restaurant and carry out a period of industry work experience. During the course there will be the opportunity to take part in annual events and competitions which will enable you to gain valuable experience.

City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery

One year

Progression routes shown are dependent upon successful completion of qualifications and meeting entry criteria.
Study options may include:
• Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery
• Level 2 Apprenticeship
Employment options may include:
• Commis chef
• Food and beverage personnel
• Event catering

You may also like…
• Professional Cookery Level 2
• Apprenticeships in Professional Cookery

Course Costs
Please note that any costs shown here are subject to change and that there may be additional material costs for your course.
There are various bursaries available to support eligible students with course-related costs.

Aged 16-18 years
There are no tuition or examination fees

Aged 19 or over (at the start of the course)
Tuition Fee £945

What does this subject include?

Topics you will cover include:
• Introduction to Employability in the Catering & Hospitality Industry
• Food Safety in Catering
• Health & Safety Awareness in Catering
• Prepare & Cook a Variety of Food
Assessment is by practical tasks on a continuous basis and industry-related, with assignments, projects and written assessments, which are assessed through internal and external assessment papers.
All full-time students are required to study maths and English at the appropriate level.

What is the structure of the course?

VRQ Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery: In this part of the course you will develop your culinary knowledge and skills, working with a wide range of ingredients and techniques. You will train in the College’s new catering department kitchens and produce top quality cuisine for the College’s showcase restaurant. The broad areas covered include hot and cold food preparation and presentation kitchen work, food preparation, desserts, baking and pastry.

VRQ Level 1 Diploma in Professional Food & Beverage Service: This part of the course focuses on the hospitality and service elements of the food and drink industry. You will benefit from the College’s excellent restaurant facilities, whilst training in a range of general and specialist service skills. The broad areas covered will include customer care, legislation, food and beverage service, menu design and handling payments plus responsible alcohol awareness.

What are the entry requirements?

  • GCSEs at grade E (grade 2) or above in English and maths
  • Successful interview and initial assessment
  • You will need to demonstrate an enthusiasm and commitment for this subject area

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