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Culinary Skills — City and Guilds VRQ Level 2 Diploma

Catering, Bakery and Patisserie|Hospitality, Travel and Tourism

Course ID: 172771

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • 1 year course.
  • Level 2 Diploma.
  • You can achieve employment in the city's vibrant restaurant industry and beyond.
  • Take part in real work experience to boost your employability and enhance your skill set.
  • Access support and guidance from our passionate and dedicated teaching team.
  • Utilise our fantastic resources and facilities.
  • Study in a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment.

What to expect from the course

The Culinary Skills qualifications will develop you to become a great chef in this exciting industry, the city is now vibrant with a wealth of restaurant’s and the opportunities for you to gain employment are fantastic.

Whilst on your course you will also undertake 40 hours of work experience within a variety of placements within the city organised by our work experience team, this will give you the confidence required to actually see and feel what this industry has to offer, we work alongside many of the city’s top venues such as the Art School, Liverpool Football Club, Titanic Hotel and the Pullman Hotel plus many others.

On the course you will gain a high standard of culinary skills and patisserie skills alongside other workplace essentials such as Food Safety and working with others. The course covers practical and theory topics which include:

L2 Food safety in catering
Prep & cook Stocks. soups & sauces
Prepare and cook fruit and vegetables
Prepare and cook meat and offal
Prepare and cook poultry
Prepare and cook fish and shellfish
Prepare and cook rice, pasta, grains and egg dishes
Produce paste products
Prepare hot and cold desserts and puddings
Produce biscuit, cake and sponge products
Produce fermented dough products

So as you can see, the culinary skill level you will gain by the end of the course will be immense and give you fantastic career opportunities.


Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Culinary Skills - City & Guilds
Optional VRQ Level 2 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service
Work Experience Certificate

Why study with us?

You will be taught by leading industry experts in their field who have a wealth of knowledge and skills to pass onto you. The college also offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities for you to develop your skills further these will be guest chef nights where you will get the opportunity to work alongside Michelin starred chefs producing some amazing tasting food, we have a visitor economy week were top chefs from the city come in and give master classes; butchery demonstration from our meat supplier, molecular gastronomy from our lecturers or you will visit some of the hotels in the area to see what they have to offer you. We have exciting competitions that you can be part of, these will be internal and external national competitions, many of our students have gone on to win in heats of competitions such as ‘North West Young Chef of the Year’ some have gone on to appear on ‘Great British Menu’ representing the North West. So as you can see this is not just a career choice it’s a life skill that will stick with you forever and you will develop to be the best chef and pastry chef in the industry.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
A chef preparing a dish.
Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

You could progress into employment as either a Commis Chef or Chef de Partie or onto the following qualifications: Level 3 Advanced Diploma for Professional Chefs, Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Patisserie and Confectionary, Level 3 Apprenticeship.

You could work in organisations including Restaurants, Hotels, large arena catering, football clubs, cruise lines, or set up your own business as an entrepreneur.

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

The following is a guide as to what you might be expected to achieve to gain entry onto the course.

Entry criteria will be for learners who have progressed from any Foundation or level 1 provision.
New learners that hold a range of GCSE grades of 3 and 4 or above and/or level 1 qualifications.
Learners that have either have no GCSE Grade 4/C in Maths and English, or one
grade 4/C in Maths or English

An interest in the topic and good attitude to learning are important to you achieving success on this course.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, and you need to study at Entry or Level 1 to progress to Level 2, you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

Aged 19 or over and unemployed or earning less than £33,958.60 a year? You may also qualify to join this course for free. To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 1291.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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