Professional Cookery, Technical Diploma | Weston College

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September 2019
1 Year
Course code T2PCPF1KN

Professional Cookery, Technical Diploma

What will I do on this course?

This Level 2 Professional Cookery course will increase your technical skills and provide a solid experience of working in the hospitality and catering industry.

You’ll explore a wide range of catering and hospitality topics, including food hygiene; planning and preparing for service; menu planning and costing; meat, offal, poultry, fish and shellfish; vegetables and vegetable dishes, stocks and soups; pastry and bakery products; desserts, farinaceous and egg dishes; and biscuits, cakes and sponges.

We’ll also work with you to develop your English and maths skills.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll sit two papers to test your theory, practical assessments, and an end-of-year assessment including elements from all of the topics you’ve covered. You’ll also complete two online written papers.

What could I do after this course?

You’ll be equipped with the skills you need to work as a chef in the catering industry and in a wide range of other careers in the hospitality sector. You could also increase your knowledge by progressing to a Level 3 course in Professional Cookery, Professional Patisserie and Confectionary or Hospitality, Events, and Business Enterprise at Weston College.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4/C

Course Level

Level 2

iAn interview is required for this course.

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What Our Students Say

Jordan Hinks, Professional Cookery

Jordan Hinks

“This course has varied and interesting, and I constantly learnt new dishes and expanded my skills”

Former school: King Alfred

Course: Professional Cookery

What next? Progressing to the Level 3 Diploma and then aiming to get a job on a cruise liner or in a high-end restaurant or hotel.

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