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Intermediate Diploma in Culinary Skills at Sussex Coast College Hastings

Course description

During this one year course you will be able to build and strengthen the skills you need to work in a professional kitchen.

Course content

Over the course of the year you will build on the skills you have learned from previous study, and develop new skills preparing and cooking; stocks, soups, sauces, fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, rice, pasta, grains, egg dishes, desserts, puddings, biscuits, cakes, sponges and fermented dough products.

Along with getting to know the types of equipment used in a professional kitchen you will also be gaining a thorough understanding of the importance of food safety and health and safety in the kitchen; explore a range of healthier foods, diets, and dietary requirements; understand catering operations, maintaining the payment point and design and planning of the menu.

You will be able to practise these skills in our fully-equipped kitchens and fully-functioning restaurant at our Station Plaza campus.

The modules you will study are:

  • Food safety in catering
  • Health and safety in catering and hospitality
  • Healthier foods and special diets
  • Catering operations, costs and menu planning
  • Preparing and cooking
  • Menu Knowledge, design and resources
  • Handling payments and maintaining the payment point

By the end of the course you will have a solid understanding of the workings of a professional kitchen and will have developed your skills further skills to help you find employment or progress onto further study.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need to have completed the Level course or have 4 GCSE's A*-D, including English and maths.


Your assessment during the course will be split into 80% practical tasks, 10% coursework assignments, and 10% exams. Practical tasks are observed and assessed in the college kitchen, restaurant and other eateries.

Financial information

During the course you will be required to wear a uniform, which will cost approximately £220. You may also have the opportunity to visit a number of catering and cooking events which may incur additional costs.

Future opportunities

The course is an excellent starting point for further training, such as the VRQ2 in Food Preparation & Food Services.

After completing the course you may look to start your career in the industry in food service or counter service roles, or as food preparation staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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    • Located next to Hasting town centre, Station Plaza is a large, light-filled building surrounded by 22,000 square meters of study space and social zones. Classrooms are equipped with the most up-to-date resources and interactive whiteboards. It houses multiple IT suites, a gym, Coast coffee, Subway, Coast Restaurant, a training kitchen, a professional salon, an art shop, diner and a large Learning Resource Centre. 

      Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via WIKI, podcasts and teacher/student blogs. Students can hire laptops from the LRCs and both sites are WIFI activated.