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Professional Cookery NVQ Level 2 at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Course description

The level 2 professional cookery course is ideal for those chefs who already have a level 1 qualification or already work in the hospitality industry. They can then choose to continue the development of their skills and knowledge to enable them to progress in their career. Working in the College restaurant will provide you with a real insight into the hospitality industry.

Students joining this programme are required to purchase a uniform and basic set of equipment. To help keep costs to a minimum, these items are available to buy through the Catering Department. If you have any concerns regarding the cost of the uniform, please discuss this at your interview as we may be able to help meet some of the expense.

Entry requirements

Level 1 professional cookery qualification or equivalent industry experience. You will also need to get a minimum of Entry 3 on the College initial online assessment for English and maths.


For this course you will be assessed by continual practical assessment, completing multiple choice questions for each of the 10-15 units selected by the assessor.

You will be required to put together and build a portfolio of evidence of your learning and assessments.

This can be carried out whilst working in TASTE production kitchen, which is the College restaurant, preparing and cooking food for paying guests.

Course Description: Unit 101 - Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working environment Unit 102 - Maintain, handle and clean knives Unit 104 - Work effectively as part of a hospitality team Unit 203 - Maintain food safety when preparing, storing and cooking food Unit 222 - Prepare and cook meat for basic dishes Unit 223 - Prepare and cook poultry for basic dishes Unit 226 - Prepare and cook vegetable for basic dishes Unit 236 - Prepare, cook and finish basic hot sauces Unit 237 - Prepare, cook and finish basic soups Unit 239 - Prepare, cook and finish basic rice dishes Unit 240 - Prepare, cook and finish basic pasta dishes

Future opportunities

  • Be promoted at their place of work
  • Change jobs as they have more experience and confidence in the kitchen
  • Progress onto a Level 3 Professional Chefs qualification
  • You may wish to continue learning on a Level 3 NVQ in Professional Cookery.
  • You could work as a Chef de partie earning in the region of £12,000-£16,000 with a progression to a Sous Chef or Head Chef earning £25,000-£30,000.
  • Employment as a trainee commis chef
  • Advanced Apprenticeship

Further information

You will learn in dedicated classrooms and in fully equipped industrial kitchens at either Southall College or Hammersmith College.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017