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Professional Cookery - Level 2 Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

This course is based in our professional kitchens at the Feltham Skills Centre. You will increase your professional skills and gain the techniques required to work in the modern hospitality and catering industry. You will also gain Level 2 qualifications in food hygiene and health and safety, which are essential for work in the catering industry.

Course content

This course is based in our professional kitchens at the Feltham Skills Centre. You will increase your professional skills and gain the techniques needed to work in the modern hospitality and catering industry.

You will study:

  • Maintain a safe, hygienic and secure working
  • Contribute to effective teamwork
  • Maintain food safely when storing, preparing and cooking food
  • Maintain, handle and clean knives
  • Prepare fish, meat, poultry, game, offal and vegetables for basic dishes
  • Process dried ingredients prior to cooking
  • Prepare and mix spice and herb blends
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic dishes including shellfish, meat, poultry, game, offal and vegetable
  • Make basic stock
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic soups, hot sauces, rice dishes, grain dishes, pasta dishes, vegetable protein dishes and egg dishes
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic cakes, sponges, biscuits, scones, bread and dough products, pastry products, hot and cold desserts
  • Produce healthier dishes
  • Prepare and present food for cold presentation
  • Prepare, cook and finish basic dim sum and noodle dishes
  • Prepare and cook food using a tandoor
  • Cook-chill food
  • Cook-freeze food
  • Complete kitchen documentation
  • Set up and close kitchen
  • Order stock
  • Liaise with care team to ensure that individual nutritional needs are met
  • Prepare meals to meet the requirements set for school meals

You will also gain qualifications in food hygiene and health and safety.

  • RSH Essential Food Hygiene covers pathogenic micro-organisms, food poisoning, personal hygiene, temperature control, kitchen design, kitchen pests and food legislation.
  • CIEH Basic Health and Safety provides you with health and safety understanding.

You will visit trade shows such as Hotelympia and the Hotel and Catering Show and take part in competitions such as Salon Culinaire and World Skills UK. There will also be work experience opportunities.

Entry requirements

At least 2 GCSEs at grades D / grade 3 or above or a pass in a relevant Level 1 qualification with functional skills in English and maths.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email ciag@west-thames.ac.uk.

Assessment

You will be assessed by continuous assessment based on observed practical performance and external theory tests.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

VRQ Level 3 Professional Cookery, employment in the catering industry and/or an advanced apprenticeship.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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    • General Enquiries
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8326 2000
    • Email address:
    • info@west-thames.ac.uk

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    • As part of West Thames College London, the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre in Feltham is a smaller campus with a friendly atmosphere, offering a range of trade courses in West London.

      Around 650 students study at the Skills Centre to gain the practical skills needed for a career in Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Engineering, Catering or Construction trades (Plumbing, Brickwork, Painting & Decorating, Electrical Installation and Carpentry).

      We have excellent links with employers too, so there are lots of job and apprenticeship opportunities.

      The Centre has its own Common Room, Careers Advisors, Library, Cafeteria, IT Suite and Outdoor Leisure Activities. Students at Feltham also have full access to the Isleworth campus.

      Courses at the West Thames College Skills + Logistics Centre are very popular and, as places are limited, you are advised to apply early.