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Introduction to Professional Cookery Level 1 Diploma at New College Durham

Course description

This course leads to the award of C&G Level 1 Diploma Introduction Professional Cookery. Your study programme will comprise of your main programme of study, employability skills which includes guest speakers, placement, trips and visits to employers within the region and nationally.

Students will gain knowledge and expertise including how to prepare, cook and finish various basic dishes with the emphasis being on cooking methods, how to maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment, how to maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food and food service, Introduction to employability skills, Identifying kitchen equipment, Introduction to Healthier foods.
Learners will achieve these units through a number of practical and theoretical classes. Students will be involved in the operation of our coffee mornings/breakfast service and bistro style lunch services within our realistic working restaurant, which sets high standards of customer service and delivers excellent food to members of the public.    

This qualification will be assessed through practical assessment, multiple choice tests, short answer questions and assignments.

Course content

The units that you will be covering:

  • Introduction to employability in the catering and hospitality industry
  • Health and Safety awareness for catering and hospitality
  • Introduction to healthier foods and special diets
  • Introduction to kitchen equipment
  • Prepare and cook food by boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Prepare and cook food by baking, roasting and grilling
  • Regeneration of prepared food
  • Cold food preparation

In addition to this you will also cover:

  • Employability Skills
  • Trips and Visits
  • Maths and English
  • Guest Speakers
  • Work Placement
  • Competitions (NECTA, MAJOR)

Entry requirements

In order to access the VRQ Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery you will require a number of GCSE’s at grades D-G or two years relevant work experience in the hospitality and catering industry.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course offers you several routes for progression.
  • Progression on to the VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Food and Beverage
  • Progression on to the VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • Progression on to Level 2 Work Based Learning
Related careers
Baker or flour confectioner Bakers and flour confectioners prepare and bake dough, pastry and cake mixtures and make and finish flour confectionary products by hand.
Cook Cooks prepare, season and cook food, often using pre-prepared ingredients, in clubs, private households, fast food outlets, shops selling food cooked on the premises and the catering departments and canteens of other establishments.
Catering or bar manager Catering and bar managers plan, direct and co-ordinate the catering and bar facilities and services of licensed premises, factories, shops, theatres, educational premises and other establishments. They also manage outside catering businesses and shops selling food cooked on the premises.
Kitchen or catering assistant Workers in this unit group assist in the preparation and service of food and beverages in restaurants, cafés and other eating establishments, and perform various cleaning, fetching and carrying tasks.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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