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Professional Cookery Level 2 at Preston's College

Course description

This course is for those who have a keen interest in the hospitality and catering industries. It is suitable for those who want to train as a professional chef or develop their current skills further by gaining a formal qualification and increasing their skills so that they can take on a more senior role. The qualification is suitable for those wanting to cook in a fine dining restaurant or any other restaurants and catering outlets that serve freshly prepared and cooked food.

Course content

Completion of this qualification will give you a clear understanding of how a catering organisation within the hospitality and catering sector operates and functions. However, this knowledge and understanding alone does not prove the ability to perform a job. Therefore, you will also look at how to develop yourself and your ability to learn and work using your own initiative. This should supply you with the skills to relate your learning, in a practical sense, to the workplace.

On this course you will cover a variety of different units. Examples of these units include:
– Investigate the catering and hospitality industry
– Food safety in catering
– Health and safety in catering and hospitality
– Healthier foods and special diets
– Kitchen operations, costs and menu planning
– Prepare and cook stock, soups and sauces
– Prepare and cook fruit and vegetables
– Prepare and cook meat and poultry
– Prepare and cook fish and shellfish
– Prepare and cook rice, pasta, grains and egg dishes
– Prepare and cook desserts and puddings
– Prepare and cook bakery products

The vast majority of employers require you to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in the hospitality sector, but they are also looking for employability skills which will enable you to adapt to the ever changing roles needed to survive in the global economy. Throughout all of your units you will develop a range of employability skills which include:
– Self management
– Team work
– Business awareness
– Customer service
– Problem solving
– Communication skills
– English and maths
– A positive attitude to work
These units are essential to give you a basic understanding of the industry and ensure that you are ready to start your career.

Entry requirements

You need four GCSE’s at grade D or above including English and maths. You’ll also need to attend an interview and skills session.


The assessment for this qualification is through centre-devised assessment material, which is internally marked and externally moderated. All of the assessment criteria must be met. There are no further categories of pass; the certificate is not graded. Ongoing formal and informal assessments will be completed throughout the course. These assessments will prove industry knowledge and show how you would go about applying this knowledge in a creative and effective way to everyday situations.

Future opportunities

You can progress to Level 3 Professional Cookery or Level 2 Butchery, Bakery or Hospitality.Alternatively, you can seek employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston's College directly.

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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