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Professional Cookery Level 1 Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery Studies offers a natural progression from Level 2. If you’re already a chef, it’s ideal for mastering advanced cookery skills.  You develop supervisory, organisational, time-management and people skills and you learn how to work under pressure.
On this advanced-level practical course you learn: the principles of preparing, cooking and finishing fresh pasta dishes; how to maintain the health, safety and security of the working environment; how to maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food; how to prepare, cook and finish complex dishes in meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish and vegetables, as well as complex hot sauces, dressings, soups, cold sauces and cold desserts; how to contribute to the control of resources and the development and introduction of recipes and menus.

You may also have the opportunity to study the CIEH Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering. This is a three-day intensive course for people working at supervisory level.
Within Senara, our acclaimed restaurant on campus, you start cooking in a real service with real industry chefs and restaurant professionals, meaning you get direct, professional experience built in to your course. The hospitality and catering industry is an exciting, challenging and massively growing sector locally, regionally and nationally. Restaurants, gastro pubs, cafes, cruise liners and contract catering are popular career areas, and we can help you to become a successful part of it.

Course content

The majority of your time at College will be spent in the College's service kitchen and restaurant as well as the traditional training kitchen where you will develop essential skills. Theory work, which is related to the practical work, is taught in a classroom situation. In the theory units, you cover topics such as advance food hygiene, supervisory skills, health and safety, kitchen operations, and kitchen management skills.

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Level 3 programme will normally have:
- a completed Level 2 qualification in Professional Cookery
- the willingness to study for an additional Level 2 qualification in English and/or maths if you don’t have these
- 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.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment.


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, although 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.  Past students have gained employment with companies such as Nathan Outlaw’s at St Enodoc, Rick Stein’s and the St Moritz Hotel. 

Further information

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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