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Professional Cookery Level 1 Diploma at Tyne Metropolitan College

Course description

The course for you if ...

You have a genuine passion for the catering industry and want to begin by learning the essentials in order to become a great chef.

Course content

As well as food preparation, you will study a variety of cooking techniques and skills including: boiling, steaming, poaching, stewing, braising, baking, roasting, grilling, shallow frying, deep frying and more.

This course is an ideal stepping-stone into the catering and restaurant industries. You will gain experience of interesting cookery sessions in our industrial kitchens and meet a wide range of customers working in our on-site Retreat Bistro and Coffee Shop.

You will learn to make a wide range of simple dishes for campus customers, as well as studying: an introduction to catering and hospitality; food safety in catering; health and safety awareness; an introduction to healthier foods and special diets; an introduction to kitchen equipment and an introduction to personal workplace skills.

Entry requirements

A range of GCSEs at Grade D-F; or at least a pass at BTEC Entry or Certificate or equivalent. Mature students with no formal qualifications may be considered. You will need to attend an interview with a course tutor and get a satisfactory reference from a previous course, school or employer. 


Assessment is based on practical competency as well as graded assessments and short answer test papers linked to specific units.

Financial information

Students are required to purchase uniforms and kit for all Catering courses (approx. cost of kit and uniforms = £220, based on 13-14 costs). Financial support may be available to help with the cost of course-specific equipment, ask the Gateway team for more details.

Future opportunities

You can progress onto a Level 2 Professional Cookery course. Careers include: Food Handler or Front of House in a restaurant.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 March 2016

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    • TyneMet’s main site is the Coast Road Campus in Wallsend, easily accessible from the city centre and that coat with excellent transport links and free parking. TyneMet is your vocational specialist, offering you a huge range of courses across career-based subjects to get you off to a great start. There’s so much to explore on campus with a range of retail outlets from a Hair and Beauty Salon, a gym, a restaurant and even a floristry shop!