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Advanced Professional Cookery BTEC Diploma Level 3 Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

To take your cooking skills to the next level and enhance your employability as a professional chef, this Level 3 Diploma will provide you with further expertise and abilities in the kitchen environment.Building on the foundation skills you will have developed on our Level 2 certificate or diploma, this 36-week full-time course, starting in September 2017, will give you the skills you need to further enhance your professional kitchen skills within the catering industry.You’ll learn a number of advanced preparation and cooking techniques to really deepen your level of knowledge around food. You’ll be creating dishes using a variety of vegetables, meat, poultry and fish - alongside finer ingredients like game and shellfish - and be delving even deeper into food safety for catering in the hospitality industry.


In order to make sure you’re comfortable learning the advanced skills on this course, you’ll need to already have a Level 2 certificate or diploma in cookery, or at least 2 or 3 years’ experience working in a professional catering environment. You’ll also need to have GCSEs at grade A – C in Maths and English Language, or be working towards a level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy.

Financial information

You’ll be assessed in a number of different ways on this course, focusing on both practical synoptic assessments and graded and non-graded external examinations. You’ll also collate a service portfolio of evidence as you progress on the course.

Future opportunities

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Further information

Once you’ve completed this diploma, you’ll be well equipped to begin your career in the catering and hospitality industries. You’ll also have the qualifications needed to study a higher level course with us at The Manchester College, such as our Level 4 Hospitality Management. With the advanced skills you’ve learnt, you’ll be able to work across the industry in restaurants, hotels and professional kitchens, succeeding in a wide variety of career options to suit your interests and abilities. Link to Careers

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Openshaw Campus is a welcoming centre, offering courses for school leavers, adults, university-level students and professionals. Many of the facilities at Openshaw are open to the community, including a library, salon, restaurant and fitness centre. Openshaw is a vibrant, modern campus, designed to be a supportive learning and social environment.

      Facilities at Openshaw Campus include:

      • IT suites with tools for multimedia courses
      • purpose-designed retail unit offering real life experience to retail learners
      • recording studios
      • outdoor amphitheatre for live music
      • state of the art automotive, engineering, construction and electrical technology and training vehicles
      • hair and beauty salons, open to the public
      • library resource centre (LRC)
      • gym and fitness centre, open to the public
      • award winning training restaurant (Bistro East), open to the public
      • nursery
      • air cabin

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Openshaw Campus is built at the heart of the community with an open plan design and attractive green space and water features. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.