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Professional Cookery Advanced Apprenticeship including Technical Certificate at Brockenhurst College

Course description

The course is for chefs, who are already qualified to Level 2. The course covers all aspects of Health and Hygiene, Safety, communication with others and a complex level of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, sauces, pastry, desserts etc.  It is designed for chefs who are looking to take their skills to an advanced level in all areas of preparation, cooking and even menu design and costing if required.

Course content

The course covers:

  1. NVQ Level 3 in Professional Cookery, achieving a minimum of 56 credits for the full qualification
  2. Functional Skills Maths Level 2
  3. Functional Skills English Level 2
  4. Technical Certificates (online tests)

The 4 components above need to be completed to obtain the full Apprenticeship qualification.

The NVQ Level 3 Professional Cookery logbook is made up of units each with a credit value.  56 credits need to be achieved for full Diploma qualification.

The Mandatory units consist of: (All to be completed 19 credits)

302  Develop productive working relationships with colleagues
304  Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment
203  Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food
666  Employment rights and responsibilities in the hospitality sector

Optional units A: (All to be completed 33 credits)

332  Prepare fish for complex dishes
334  Prepare meat for complex dishes
335  Prepare poultry for complex dishes
337  Cook and finish complex fish dishes
339  Cook and finish complex meat dishes
340  Cook and finish complex poultry dishes
342  Cook and finish complex vegetable dishes
343  Prepare, cook and finish complex hot sauces
353  Prepare, cook and finish complex dressings and cold sauces

Optional units B sample: (Remaining 4 credits from this section- 1 unit)

333  Prepare complex shellfish
336  Prepare complex game
338  Cook and finish complex shellfish dishes
341  Cook and finish complex game dishes
344  Prepare, cook and finish complex soups 
345  Prepare, cook and finish complex pasta dishes
346  Prepare, cook and finish complex bread and dough products
303  Contribute to control of resources
309  Contribute to the development of recipes and menus

Entry requirements

You should already be qualified to Level 2 and must be working in the hospitality and catering industry.   You will be working and training with your employer who will be supporting you and who will allow your assessor to visit to observe and work with you through all aspects of the requirements of the course.


  • Learning materials are specifically designed for you to work through on your own and with the help of a tutor/assessor, who will help you with your studies and give feedback.
  • A qualified assessor will visit you at work weekly for between 60-90 minutes.
  • We will be flexible and fit in with the needs of your business and job requirements.
  • Your work will be sampled on an ongoing basis by a qualified verifier.

Future opportunities

After completing the Level 3 course you can progress to a level 4 NVQ if your job role accommodates this level of work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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