Culinary Skills — City and Guilds VRQ Level 2

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Course information

The Culinary Skills qualifications will develop you to become a chef or progress to a more senior chef's role. You'll gain a high standard of cookery skills and patisserie skills. You will also learn other workplace essentials like in food safety and working with others. The Culinary Skills qualification is for anyone who works or wants to work as a chef in the catering and hospitality sector. It is ideal for both 16-18 year olds and 19+ learners who wish to seek a career in this industry.
Students aged 16-18 will form a study programme which will also include the VRQ Level 2 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service qualification (this is available for mature students to study at an extra cost).
Depending on GCSE results the study programme could include either functional skills (maths & English) or GCSE (maths & English) and any underpinning knowledge required for the qualification.
In this course, students cover the fundamental professional culinary skills required to become a chef in the current, dynamic industry.
The course covers topics such as:
L2 Food safety in catering
Prepare and cook stocks, soups and 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 hot and cold desserts and puddings
Produce paste products
Produce biscuit, cake and sponge products
Produce fermented dough products
There will be a requirement to purchase uniform and knives which will be further explained at interview.


City and Guilds VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills
VRQ Level 2 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service

This course leads to...

You could progress into employment or onto the following qualifications:

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma for Professional Chefs
Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Professional Cookery
Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Patisserie and Confectionary
Level 3 Apprenticeship

Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements are GCSE grades F-G or above in English and maths, or achievement of Entry 3 in the college online initial assessment tests in English and maths. It is desirable to have a reasonable level of ICT. This course is suitable for 16-18 students and mature learners.

You will also be subject to interview. At interview we expect you to be enthusiastic and passionate about food. Please bring any GCSE results or predicted grades, plus any other qualifications you might have gained.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 157712

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


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 £15,736 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

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