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Professional Chefs — Level 3 NVQ Diploma

Catering, Bakery and Patisserie

Course ID: 173521

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma.
  • One day per week.
  • Kick-start your career in the catering and hospitality industry.
  • Take part in exciting work experience opportunities and enhance your employability.
  • You can choose to continue your studies with us and progress to a higher level qualification.
  • Access support from our passionate and dedicated teaching team.
  • Utilise our outstanding resources and facilities and reach your full learning potential.

What to expect from the course

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.

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

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

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.

Example careers

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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.

A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 (previously C) or above including Maths and English Language OR a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language and relevant subject qualification OR a minimum of Level 2 course in your chosen subject at merit or above and English Language and Maths at Level 2.

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. If you are aged between 19 or over and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

19 years old or over and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but 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 for24/25 is 3345.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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