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Professional Cookery, Advanced Diploma
Although there are around 250,000 in the UK, reports show that there is a shortage of skilled chefs.
What will I do on this course?
You’ll build your skills and prepare for a career at the top of the catering industry.
If you are progressing from the Level 2 course, it will develop and enhance the skills that you have learnt to a high degree of proficiency.
You’ll work at The Grove Restaurant with the finest produce and study both classical and contemporary dishes, under the direction of our expert chef lecturers and guest chefs, who are leading figures in the industry.
You’ll cover a range of advanced topics, including:
- Practical gastronomy
- Supervising food safety
- Advanced meat and offal skills and techniques
- Poultry and game
- Fish and shellfish
- Hot and cold desserts.
You’ll complete a work placement or extended industry placement, which we’ll help you organise.
Plus, as a Grove Restaurant learner, you’ll get to practise your skills at events such as Chef of the Year and the WorldSkills competition.
As part of this study programme, you’ll also develop your maths and English skills, attend tutorials and Individual Development (ID) or Future Academy.
How will I be assessed?
You’ll sit two papers to test your theoretical knowledge, practical assessments throughout the year, and an end-of-year assessment.
What could I do after this course?
After this course, you’ll have the skills needed to work in a professional kitchen or fine-dining setting. You could also start your own business or increase your skills by progressing to a related foundation degree.
You’ll need a kit and uniform for your work experience or placement and home practice, which is likely to cost between £50 and £100. This cost and the bursaries that might be available can be discussed at your interview.
You’ll need four GCSEs at grades 9-2, including a grade 4 or above in maths or English.
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What our students say
Beth, Professional Cookery NVQ Level 3
“I love to work in the kitchen and am very pleased with how much practical experience I gained at Weston College, which will help me work my way up in the catering industry.”
Beth has found a job that puts the skills she learnt on her professional cookery course at the College to great use. She is a commis chef at Harvey Nichols and adores her job. Beth aspires to work her way up in the catering industry.
Beth was very impressed with the facilities in the College’s kitchens and feels studying at Weston College was a great first step to achieving her goal of becoming a professional chef.
Former school: Wells Blue School