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Course Code: SFVCA011

Course Level: Level 1

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: Vocational Courses

Course overview

Embark on a culinary adventure with our Level 1 Introduction to Professional Cookery course. Learn the essential techniques and principles of professional cooking, from knife skills to food safety through hands-on training and theoretical instruction, you will develop the foundational skills needed for a career in the culinary arts. Join us to ignite your passion for cooking and pave the way for success in the dynamic world of gastronomy. Apply now to begin your journey towards becoming a skilled chef.

This full-time qualification is intended for people with an interest and enthusiasm for preparing and cooking food and for serving food and drink in the Hospitality Industry. The qualifications can lead to 1 year of further study at level 2.

This vast industry has a current skill shortage. The job opportunities in cooking and serving food as a Chef or Waiter/ess or working as a bar person are almost assured.

This sector, which is both modern and exciting, has so many areas in which to work, you can be spoilt for choice e.g. Hotel, Restaurants, Leisure Centres, Pubs, In-Store Catering and Cruise Ships to name a few.

During this course you will also cook and serve food and drink in a professional manner in the College’s training kitchens and restaurant, which are open to the public on a daily basis.

Course Content

A series of units make up this course some examples are:

  • Introduction to healthier foods
  • Prepare and cook food by boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Prepare and cook food by boiling, poaching and grilling
  • Introduction to the catering and hospitality industry
  • Preparing and cleaning the restaurant for table service
  • Providing table service
  • Dealing with payments

You will have 2 GCSEs at grade 2 or below. However, if you have a keen interest in the subject and commitment to succeed, your entry requirements will be discussed at interview.

There will be a series of practical assessments with some theory based assignments.

If you wish to find out more you can contact Tom Harrison by emailing:

On sucessful completion of the course you can progress onto the Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 2.

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit


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Practical elements require the college standard uniform to be worn (forms available upon request) Some students may find they are eligible for student support funding and would need to contact student support prior to commencement of their programme. Trips/Residential/Work Placements During your course you will go on a 3/4 day residential to either a location in this country or abroad. Throughout your programme you will go on numerous trips. You will also attend industry placement within a catering establishment.