Professional Cookery — VRQ Level 2 Diploma

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Course information

You will gain a high standard of cookery and patisserie skills on this professional chef's course. You will leave the College well prepared to start a career in one of the world's fastest growing industries after having enjoyed a substantial taste of it. This course is Pass, Merit and Distinction which rewards the hard work and effort that you are putting in. This course is suitable for students who are quite academic as it is 30% assignment based and 70% practical which requires a lot of self-motivated study time to gain high grades. You will gain professional practical skills and valuable experience in our excellent training facilities. There has never ben a better time to enter the hospitality and catering industry. The industry is growing year on year and this is particularly true for our region with the expansion of quality restaurants and hotels in the city centre and across Merseyside. The theory behind the diploma is the belief that a chef needs to have a sound foundation of high quality skills and to be able to apply these skills across a range of processes and techniques. The qualification gives you the skills and knowledge required to meet the modern needs of the industry.
The course will include topics such as:
Food safety in catering level 2
Developing skills for employment in the catering and hospitality industry
Health and safety in catering and hospitality
Healthier food and special diets
Catering operations, costs and menu planning
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
Professional cookery craft assessment
There will be a requirement to purchase uniform and knives which will be further explained at interview.


City and Guilds VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

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

At level 2 you could gain employment as a commis chef or a chef de partie.

Entry Requirements

As this is quite an academic course it is preferred that you have GCSE grades at A* - C or level 1 functional skills in English and maths.

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: 158110

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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