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Professional Cookery NVQ 3 Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This course will develop your practical skills and knowledge for a career as a chef in the catering industry. The programme of study is designed for skilled crafts people working in the hospitality and catering industry, wishing to gain an advanced qualification to enhance their career prospects

Course content

You will study an advanced level of cooking soups, sauces, meats, poultry, vegetables, rice, pasta and hot and cold desserts. Ideal if you want to develop your existing catering skills to a higher level.

Entry requirements

You should have four GCSEs at Grade C r above or a relevant Level 2 qualification.


Your practical work in the kitchen will be assessed by observation, giving credit for the skills you already have or you have gained in College. The theory aspects will be tested by an examination at the end of each topic. It may be that a work based assessor will visit you at your place of work to observe and assess you.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could progress on to study a Higher National Certificate or Diploma in Hospitality Management or you could work in the Hospitality and Catering industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career.

      We have recently invested £6.5 million at the campus and our excellent training facilities include:

      • Dedicated studio space for art, design, fashion, textiles and photography
      • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
      • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
      • Engineering and advanced manufacturing workshops equipped with the latest technologies
      • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with five vehicle bays and diagnostic equipment
      • Large construction workshops dedicated to carpentry and joinery, highways, brickwork, tiling and painting and decorating
      • Electrical installation workshops
      • The Gallery restaurant, modern 40 seat commercially run modern restaurant
      • Fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchens
      • Health skills room
      • A choice of places to eat and catch up with friends
      • Learning Resource Centre with a range of learning material resources, an IT suite and quiet study areas.