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Professional Cookery NVQ - Kitchen and Larder Level 3 Diploma at Darlington College

Course description

Do you want to take your cookery skills to the next level?  This course will help progress your skills from those that you learnt on the level 2 qualification.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation

Course content

You will participate in a variety of practical workshops. This course is mainly based in a practical kitchen preparing, cooking and finishing various complex dishes.

The course is portfolio based with no formal end of year exam. However, theory sessions which include presentations, group projects and Functional Skills take place within a classroom environment.

Mandatory units:

• Develop productive working relationships with colleagues
• Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment
• Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food

Plus 13 additional units:


  • fish and complex dishes
  • meat and complex dishes
  • poultry for complex dishes

Cook and finish:

  • complex fish dishes
  • complex meat dishes
  • complex poultry dishes
  • complex vegetable dishes

Prepare, cook and finish complex:

  • hot sauces
  • soups
  • cold sauces
  • game dishes
  • fresh pasta dishes

Entry requirements

This course takes skills and techniques learnt on a Level 2 course or skills you have already gained and enhances and helps you to further develop them so that you will learn and be able to demonstrate specialist cooking skills. It also builds on your skills that you have gained from a Level 2 qualification.

You will need to have a Level 2 Catering qualification

You will be required to attend an interview at the college for all courses and Apprenticeships and we will request a school or college report.

Future opportunities


Our students have gone on to work in a range of environments including;

  • Hotels and Restaurants
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Care Homes
  • Cruise Ships

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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