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Culinary Skills VRQ Level 1 Certificate at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

This course is for those aged 16-18, who will require a lot of self-motivated study time. This is similar to the Professional Cookery, with less of a focus on assignments and academic ability.

The course is made up of 2 qualifications, cookery skills and food and beverage service. It is suitable for those who wish to get a detailed introduction in professional cookery skills in the catering industry. You will learn food safety and health & safety in the catering industry, gain knowledge and understanding in how to produce healthier meals including special dietary requirements, learn teamwork skills and how to use a variety of kitchen equipment. Specialised units in both silver service & wine service are available. Our training restaurant is open over five lunch times and three dinner ensuring that we re-create as far as possible a realistic working environment for students and the general public. We offer imaginative menus and both a wine list and public bar to enhance studies and communication skills.

You will also learn and develop new skills in cookery methods and you will be assessed on skills in boiling, steaming, poaching, baking, grilling and roasting. Catering is consistently a growth industry, this course will benefit you in gaining employment in a wide variety of catering sectors and successful outcomes on this course could lead to further progression on a higher level catering programme at the college.

Our courses are highly practical and our students 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. Students gain practical skills and valuable experience working in our superb training facilities. There has never been 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.

This is a pass only course.

Entry requirements

You must be 16-18. Minimum entry requirements are GCSE grades F-G or above in English and Maths, or achievement of Entry 3 in the college online initial assessment tests in English and Maths. It is desirable to have a reasonable level of ICT, you will also be subject to interview.

Future opportunities

Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 2 Diploma in Culinary Skills Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Food and Beverage Level 2 Apprenticeship

Further information

You will gain:

  • City and Guilds VRQ Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Culinary Skills
  • City & Guilds VRQ Level 1 Certificate in Food and Beverage Service
  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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    • The College's facility on Clarence Street nestles amongst the City's two famous university campuses - Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool - placing the College at the heart of student life. The College's City6 provision is sited on this campus offering 16-18 year olds the widest choice of A-levels in the City.

      Students have easy access to transport hubs, learning resources and local attractions supporting their development as independent learners.

      City6 prepares students for higher education at the College or university or for routes into employment. Courses for 16-18s in Health and Care and Access to HE courses are also located at this centre.

      All students have access to well-resourced facilities including modern teaching rooms and laboratories kitted out with modern, industry-standard equipment.