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Food Production and Cooking — Level 2 NVQ Diploma

Catering, Bakery and Patisserie

Course ID: 173722

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • One day per week.
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma.
  • No formal qualifications necessary.
  • You can fit your studies around your work commitments and reach your full learning potential.
  • Take part in practical work in realistic work environments to boost your skills.
  • Access support and guidance from our experienced and dedicated teaching team.
  • Utilise our outstanding facilities and rescources throughout your studies.

What to expect from the course

Free for adults aged 19+ under the Government Adult Education Budget.
For 16-18 year olds this course would require you to be in full time employment as it would not comply with study programme rules on it's own. Alternative culinary courses can be found on the website.

This employer approved qualification covers a good grounding for cookery and hospitality services all leading to employment opportunities.

This NVQ course is suitable for anyone with or without experience who wishes to learn new professional cookery skills at Level 2.

It is perfect if you have also been a chef for a while but have not gained any formal qualifications, as it can easily be fitted around your full or part time work commitments.

To gain an NVQ you need to show you've got a particular set of skills. You will work with your trainer/assessor to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones.

NVQs can be assessed either at work or in one of our college realistic working environments. For each unit your assessor watches and asks questions as you perform a task, or looks at a portfolio of work that you've built as formal evidence of your learning. Then they confirm you've got the skills to do the job well.

This course runs one day per week on a day release basis usually on a Monday from 9am-6pm.


City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food Production and Cooking

Why study with us?

You will study in our well equipped kitchens alongside industry leading professionals who have a vast wealth of knowledge and skills to develop you personally, this will build your confidence in the kitchen and will ultimately lead to getting you into employment, Liverpool is a vibrant city with a wealth of very creative chefs and a massive range of diverse places to eat, these places all require skilled chefs and this qualification can take you on a fantastic learning journey and show you opportunities to progress you in your career further.

Student Benefits

A baker decorating pastries.
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

This qualification could lead to:
• Kitchen assistant
• Kitchen porter
• Commis Chef
• Fast food service assistant
Progression onto other qualifications:
• Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery
• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

We're here to help...

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.

A minimum of 3 GCSEs grade 3 (previously D) or above.

An enthusiasm and passion to succeed and develop yourself with great attendance will be vital 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.

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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