Culinary Skills Introduction — VRQ Level 1 Certificate

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Course information

The Level 1 Culinary Skills qualification will suit you if you are new to the industry and want to gain a good basic understanding of catering work, enough to succeed in a job or move on to further study.
This Culinary Skills qualification will enable you to develop skills which can lead to you becoming a chef and could progress you to a more senior chef's role. You will gain a high standard of cookery skills and patisserie skills, and you will also learn other workplace essentials 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. The course is aimed at 16-18 year olds.
Students aged 16-18 will form a study programme which will also include the VRQ Level 1 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service qualification.
Depending on GCSE results the study programme could either include 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:
- Food safety
- Health and safety in catering
- Healthier foods
- Costs and menu planning
- Preparing and cooking different foods
These qualifications are assessed by using assignments, practical tasks, exams and or online tests.
For these qualifications you will complete practical demonstrations/synoptic exams, assignments and take a multiple choice examination. On this course, students will learn the fundamental professional culinary skills required to become a chef in this current dynamic industry.
There will be a requirement to purchase uniform and knives which will be further explained at interview.


City and Guilds VRQ Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Culinary Skills
City & Guilds VRQ Level 1 Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service

This course leads to...

You could progress into employment or onto the following City & Guilds qualifications:

Level 2 Award in Culinary Skills
Level 2 Certificate in Culinary Skills
Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills
Level 2 NVQ in Food Production and Cooking (Apprenticeship)
Level 2 Diploma in Professional Food and Beverage Service

The Culinary Skills qualifications can help you find a job as a:
- Catering assistant
- Chef

Entry Requirements

You will ideally be 16-18 years old.

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.

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: 158935

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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