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Professional Cookery - C&G Level 2 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

You will cover a mixture of theory and practical activities. The level 2 qualification is delivered in set theory sessions weekly, where you will complete knowledge statements which prove your understanding of the course. You will also learn about Health & Safety, the wider hospitality industry and how you can work towards your chosen job in hospitality; which in turn will help you to complete assignments within these areas. You will on a weekly basis complete practical work, working towards assessments and exam.

Course content


Topics covered in the course i.e. Health & Safety, Food Hygiene, Vegetables, Poultry, Seafood, Cakes and biscuits, Pastry, Maths & English. Enrichment activities including, butchery workshops, visits to local businesses e.g. fishmongers, butchers and other local businesses which the students show interest in.


Entry requirements

A Level 1 Diploma in Professional Cookery should be completed before you can be enrol onto the Level 2 qualification. A Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification should also be achieved. Learners under 19 years of age will need to complete functional skills or GCSE depending on qualifications already achieved.


You will be assessed throughout the course, within assessments and exams. Then when you are ready you will have 2 synoptic exams to complete, one of 3 hours; which has 3 complex dishes within it and one of 5 hours which has 4 complex dishes within it. You will work towards these throughout the year.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

You will be recognised as a Comis Chef working in a Hotel environment. You could progress to a Level 3 Supervisory qualification in Front of House or in Hospitality. You could gain a career within a number of hospitality organisations from schools to care homes, small hospitality businesses and within the many catering establishments within the area. There is also the chance to work international on cruise liners, holiday resorts or in the forces.

Further information

You may progress to Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Professional Cookery or Level 3 Diploma in supervisory Skills. Or work as a comis chef within a hotel environment, you may even work within a school meals or care home environment. There is also the option at Level 2 to go into the armed forces.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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