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Professional Chefs — Level 3 NVQ Diploma


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Professional Chefs – Diploma Level 3 NVQ (one day per week)
Level 3 is ideal if you've worked in a professional kitchen for some time or have a Level 2 qualification. This qualification allows you to step up your cooking standards to a higher level on a course that is delivered on one day per week for a full academic year. The Catering and Hospitality sector is without doubt one of the fastest growing industries in the UK with a vast amount of employment opportunities.
The need for skilled chef’s increases annually and having a Level 3 Professional Chefs NVQ will be the benchmark for employers. Such qualified chefs are expected to perform at the highest level consistently in an often busy and challenging kitchen environment.
To gain an NVQ, you need to show you've got a particular set of skills. You will work in our professional kitchens and be assessed by culinary experts to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones.
For each unit your assessor watches and asks questions as you perform a task, they also look 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.
If you choose the Diploma in Professional Cookery you'll develop vital skills in food safety and hygiene and teamwork as well as a range of practical options, anything from cooking shellfish dishes to developing menus.
Career opportunities for Professional Chefs is unlimited, whether it be in Hotel and Restaurants, Contract Catering, Welfare Catering, Event Catering to name a few. A demanding, yet rewarding career that has endless travel opportunities both within the UK and internationally.
As a Professional Chef student you will gain work experience with a college approved employer.


This qualification will give you a City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery.

This course leads to...

Progression from this course can either lead into industry as a professional chef or you can continue onto a HNC Hospitality management qualification within the college.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 VRQ in professional cookery or Level 2 NVQ in professional cookery or equivalent relevant experience in industry. English and Maths GCSE grades D or above or grade 3 or above.

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.
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Course ID: 163373

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 19 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer. You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 3345.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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