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Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • Lecturers are qualified with excellent industrial background experience to deliver this course.
  • This is a very intensive course and learners will have the opportunity of experiencing fine dining by spending part of the course (4 weeks) in work placement, working in an excellent fine dining restaurant.
  • The college has its own fine dining restaurant and learners will have the opportunity to further develop their skills.
  • The theoretical knowledge is linked to practical assessments and assignments.
  • Learners will have the opportunity to research topics and gather up-to-date relevant information with support and direction from qualified staff.

Course content

The Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery has been designed to be taught full-time in a college year. It is made up of units in both kitchen and larder as well as pastry. Its content combines both theory and practical elements and has been developed by a partnership of employers and colleges. It has the backing of the Craft Guild of Chefs and other chef bodies. The Professional Cookery Diplomas are supported by People 1st and the National Skills Academy for hospitality as the key chef qualifications to enter the workforce.

Entry requirements

It is essential that learners should have a minimum of a level 2 qualification in cookery such as The VRQ Diploma in Professional Cookery at level 2 and passed with merit or distinction or NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparaton and Cooking. You will be asked to attend an interview. Consideration will be taken to those candidates wishing to enrol onto this course with no formal qualifications, however, you must have excellent industrial practical experience working in fine dining establishments.

Proficiency in numeracy and written communication is essential at this level. All candidates will undertake a diagnostic test prior to enrolling onto the course.


It is assessed through course work, theory and practical tests. On completion students receive a grade (distinction, credit, pass or fail).

Future opportunities

It is aimed at those students who want to work in fine dining cuisine. Typically, students completing the level 3 Diploma directly enter the sector as a commis chef in fine dining. However, they are thought to be able to progress more quickly as students have undertaken the programme whilst gaining experience in the sector. The type of qualifications someone completing a level 3 Diploma may progress onto would be a management qualification or a Foundation Degree in Culinary Arts. These types of qualifications can be undertaken flexibly whilst working full-time.

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: 20 May 2014
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    • Pibwrlwyd is a friendly campus in a rural setting on the outskirts of the market town of Carmarthen which is also the commercial centre for a large and thriving area. The campus is home to a wide range of curriculum that spans further and higher education. Key activities on the campus include Automotive Engineering, Business and Management, Catering and Hospitality, Equine Studies, Animal Science, and Teacher Training. All activities are well supported by resources and facilities including:

      Modern ICT equipment and laboratories
      Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Salon (Salon Pib)
      A well-stocked Learning Centre / Library
      Merlin’s training restaurant which is open to the public and available for small meetings/seminars
      An indoor riding arena with disabled access as well as an outdoor arena
      State of the art motor vehicle workshops
      An exotic animal care centre which incorporates reptiles, fish and amphibians
      The location, facilities and staff all contribute to creating a close learning community on the campus where everyone is supportive and caring particularly towards the students’ needs.