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Professional Cookery and Food Service Diploma Level 1 at Hugh Baird College

Course description

If you have a passion for cookery and want to know how a restaurant operates, this is the course for you. You will study in our industry standard training kitchens and develop your restaurant and cookery skills in the College’s restaurants, bars and cafes.

The course includes theory studies for cookery and food & drink service. You will be required to do some research in your own time. 

The programme also includes studying Math’s and English functional skills, or towards GCSE grade A-C if you do not already have these grades.

Course content

You will study a range of subject areas including:

  • Serving food and drink
  • Food preparation and cooking
  • Larder work
  • Pastry work
  • Bar service
  • Reception work

Entry requirements

In order to qualify for this course, you will need:

  • GCSE grades in maths and English are desirable but not essential

Entry to all courses are subject to a successful interview, a satisfactory reference from your school or employer and evidence that you will be a committed student


You will be assessed throughout the course and your final cookery assessment will be carried out with your tutor and a local chef.

Financial information

16 - 18 Years: Free

Future opportunities

  • Chef
  • Hotel General Manager
  • Cruise Manager
  • Bar Person
  • Events Planner
  • Food Stylist
  • Baker
  • Housekeeper
  • Butler
  • Barista
  • Reservations Manager

Further information

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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    • By train

      The Merseyrail Bootle Oriel Road station is only a two minute walk from the College campus. This station is on the Northern Line and offers easy access to the College from Liverpool, Crosby, Formby, Southport and other areas.

      By car

      Satellite navigation systems (Satnav) – please enter our postcode L20 7EW.

      The closest motorway junctions are the M58 1a/ M57 Junction 7 – 3.7 miles (6km). Then follow the A59 towards Liverpool for approximately ten minutes, turning right onto the A5058 at the first roundabout, which leads onto Balliol Road.

      By bus

      Students can also travel to College on regular bus services from Southport, Formby, Crosby, Old Roan, Maghull, Litherland, Netherton, Litherland, Queens Drive and Liverpool City Centre. 

      • From Southport: 47, 48, 48a, 300
      • From Formby and Southport: 47, 48, 48a
      • From Crosby: 47, 48, 48a, 54, 62, 62a, 62b
      • From Old Roan and Maghull: 55, 300
      • From Litherland: 53, 53a, 55, 59
      • From Netherton: 52, 52a, 58, 59
      • From Queens Drive: 60, 81
      • From Liverpool City Centre: 47, 48, 52, 52a, 53, 53a, 54, 55, 55d, 155, 300