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Hospitality and Catering (Professional Cookery) City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma at Herefordshire & Ludlow College

Course description

This course will offer the opportunity of work experience within establishments of a high standard such as Simpsons in Birmingham, The La Becasse in Ludlow and The Hilton in Cardiff.

This experience will broaden your knowledge, skills and product development. Students are also encouraged to enter national competitions which gives them a fantastic insight into an intense and creative industry.

 The course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of those who wish to make a career in the hospitality and catering industry, specialising in the kitchen.

Depending on your aspirations, the course provides a pathway through the industry and can lead to more advanced levels of study. The course will be delivered in the College training kitchens. During these sessions you will develop a wide range of skills in food production whilst learning how to work as part of a team as well as manage and organise the kitchen.

Written assignments will introduce the theories of health and safety, food safety, gastronomy, sourcing of food and product development.

Course content

You will cover a diverse range of topics throughout your course. A selection of unit titles is shown below:

  • Supervising Food Safety for Catering
  • Supervising Health and Safety
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Gastronomy and Food Culture
  • Sourcing Produce for the Professional Kitchen
  • Food Product Development
  • Advanced skills and techniques in producing a broad variety of speciality foods, ranging from patisserie and petit fours to shellfish and vegetarian dishes.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (to include maths and English) or successful completion of a suitable and relevant Level 2 qualification
  • Successful interview and initial assessment in literacy and numeracy
  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to the chosen subject area


You will be assessed by practical skill tests and on a continuous basis within a realistic working environment. You will also be required to produce a portfolio of evidence to be certified by your assessors. Theoretical aspects of the programme will mainly be assessed through assignments and internal and external test papers.

Future opportunities

There are various opportunities for further study or employment upon successful completion of your course.

Study options may include:

  • Speciality Advanced Cookery
  • Higher education courses in related subjects

Employment options may include:

  • Senior Chef de Partie
  • Junior Sous Chef
  • Head Chef

Further information

Maths and English

All students following a full-time programme of study at HLC will study English and maths as part of their studies

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herefordshire & Ludlow College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2016

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