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Course Code: SFVCA041

Course Level: Level 2

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: Vocational Courses

Course overview

Master essential cooking techniques, food safety protocols, and kitchen management skills. Develop proficiency in preparing diverse dishes and elevate your culinary expertise. 

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 further study at Level 3.

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.

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

Investigate the catering and hospitality industry

  • Food safety
  • Applying workplace skills
  • Prepare and cook meat and offal
  • Prepare and cook poultry
  • Prepare and cook fish and shellfish
  • Produce hot and cold desserts and puddings
  • Food and beverage service skills

You will have 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above. A Level 1 Professional Chef Diploma would be an advantage, however, if you have a keen interest in the subject and commitment to succeed, your entry requirements will be discussed at interview.

Through practical assessments and theory assignments.

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

On successful completion of the course you can progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery.

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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What else do I need to know?

Practical elements require the college standard uniform to be worn. (Forms available upon request)

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 have opportunities on your course to attend industry placements.