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Professional Chef Programme Level 2 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

The food service industry requires dedicated individuals who can deliver a personal service in the preparation and serving of food and drink.

This course will teach you how to prepare and cook various foods by watching demonstrations and gaining valuable work experience.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

During this course, you will learn how to prepare and cook:

  • Basic Meat, Poultry, Vegetable & Fish Dishes
  • Hot & Cold Sauces
  • Hot & Cold Desserts
  • Seasonal Salads
  • Pastry Skills
  • Preparing & Serving Food

You will also learn how to improve your culinary skills using knives and other equipment.

We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

You will need four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above and a Level 1 in Catering & Hospitality.

We’ll also invite you to come for an interview and provide a satisfactory school reference.


You’ll undertake practical assessments and will be asked to produce a portfolio of your written work. There is also an end test for each unit.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help, in the form of bursaries, is also available for some 16-18 year old students coming to College (i.e. for those receiving income support in their own right, for those in care and for those with severe disabilities).

If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482191; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!


Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to the Professional Chef Level 3 course.

Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for a Catering Apprenticeship and work as an apprentice Chef.

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Following further study you could work as:

  • A Kitchen Manager where you could earn up to £35,000 a year, depending on your experience.
  • A Chef, earning on average over £30,000 a year.   

Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Demonstrations on cooking with fish, meat and bread – led by experts from the industry
  • Tour of Warburtons
  • Visits to farms, hotels and other Catering & Hospitality establishments


The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 24 September 2017
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