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Professional Chef Level 3 Diploma at Reading College

Course description

This course is aimed at those who wish to progress their career in hospitality and professional cookery. The programme allows you to further develop your culinary skills to enable you to prepare, cook and finish a range of dishes to include meat, poultry, fish and pastry products. 

You will continue to be involved with the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry and will have the opportunity to participate in external trips, local functions and excursions to high profile specialist contributors to the industry. Within the course you will further develop your English and maths skills, which will enable you to complete your coursework and prepare for further study or employment.

Course content

On this advanced-level practical course you learn how to: establish and develop positive working relationships in hospitality; maintain the health, safety and security of the working environment; maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food; prepare, cook and finish complex dishes in meat, poultry, fish and pasta; prepare, cook and finish complex bread and dough, cakes and sponges, hot and cold desserts and the development and introduction of recipes and menus. 

You develop supervisory, organisational, time-management and people skills, as well as how to work under pressure. On successful completion you will gain the City and Guilds NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery at Level 3.


Entry requirements

Applicants for this Level 3 programme will not only require a Professional Cookery qualification but you will also need a maths and English qualification at Level 2. During this course you will study for GCSE Maths and English.

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details. All applicants will be invited to attend.


Assessment of your practical skills is continuous and we test your theoretical knowledge too. Your tutor monitors your progress and offers advice and guidance so you achieve the most from your study.

You learn primarily through practical sessions, though there are theory sessions too.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course puts you in a good position for catering positions which require individual responsibility and some supervisory experience. You can also progress to Higher Education.

Further information

Once you have applied online you will then be required to attend an interview.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.