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Professional Cookery Studies Level 3 Diploma at Milton Keynes College

Course description

This course would suit you if you have plenty of experience in a professional kitchen or have studied a Level 2 qualification in hospitality. Perhaps you hare currently employed as a chef and would like to progress your career further? This course will build on your skills and take you to the next level of proficiency.

Course content

This advanced course is designed to further your existing catering skills and develop your ability to work under pressure and as part of a team. You will cover the following areas during your study:

  • The principles of food safety supervision for catering
  • Advanced skills and techniques in producing fish and shellfish dishes
  • Advanced skills and techniques in producing vegetable and vegetarian dishes
  • Advanced skills and techniques in producing meat dishes
  • Advanced skills and techniques in producing poultry and game dishes


In addition you will study functional skills qualifications or GCSE English and Maths which are designed to provide the necessary levels of English and maths skills needed to ‘function’ in today’s society and workplace. They are a key component of all College programmes.

Entry requirements

  • You need to be 16 years or above
  • You should have a NVQ Level 2 in Food Preparation and Cooking, or a relevant qualification


  • Have 2 years experience in a professional kitchen.


To gain a Level 3 you need to show you have got a particular set of skills. You usually work with your assessor to review your current skills and find the best way to gain new ones - perhaps by trying new things at work, or by studying.

These VRQs are assessed in a simulated professional kitchen. For each unit your assessor watches and asks questions as you perform a task, or looks at a portfolio of work that you have built as formal evidence of your learning. Then they confirm you have got the skills to do the job well.

Functional skills or GCSEs are assessed by exams or on-line exams and you will be given guidance and support to achieve these.

Future opportunities

Career opportunities exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Chef at a pub, cafe, restaurant or gastro pub
  • Trainee/Sous Chef at fine dining restaurants
  • Alternatively you could pursue further study in higher education in hospitality courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 April 2016
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