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Professional Chef Diploma Level 1, 2 & 3 at Westminster Kingsway College

Course description

What will I study?
The Professional Chef Diploma has been the starting point for many of the world’s leading Chefs and is the UK’s first professional cookery qualification. Within the Professional Chef Diploma there are three possible pathways when you reach the third year:
• Cuisine
• Patisserie & Confectionery
• Restaurant  Management
All three pathways include externships (experiential learning opportunities) in some of London’s top culinary restaurants and hotels, which include work placements tailored to your studies. This is one of the only full-time Culinary Arts courses to deliver culinary science at all levels of the curriculum alongside invaluable entrepreneurship  studies.
The Professional Chef Diploma is supported and endorsed by the Craft Guild of Chefs, the British Culinary Federation, Master Chefs of Great Britain and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and is expertly taught by our
award-winning Culinary Arts Team. Our graduates have an excellent record of being offered top employment opportunities at the successful conclusion of their studies, which is one of the reasons why this is the premier full- time chef course in the UK.
Topics for study will include:
• Garde Manger studies, both classical and modern
• Butchery and fishmongery
• Practical Cuisine
• Pâtisserie and bakery
• Restaurant service in our public restaurant, The Vincent Rooms
• Gastronomy and product development
• Culinary science and food innovation
• Health, safety and food hygiene
• Kitchen management and food cost control
• Resource sustainability; from ‘farm to fork’
• Kitchen management
• Menu engineering and pricing
• Fundamentals of beverage service and oenology
• Sales and marketing
• Food and beverage operations theory
• Principles of supervision
• Culinary and hospitality externships
All students for the Professional Chef Diploma will undertake enterprise and business commerce training as part of the induction programme. Students who have successfully completed all elements of the first year of this programme may be eligible to apply to the elite Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Apprenticeship programme at the College.

Entry requirements

Strong motivation with a proven commitment to hard work and three GCSEs grade D or above with a good reference. If you already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification and/or experience  you may be able to apply direct to the second or third year of the Professional Chef Diploma, dependant on an interview, culinary test and meeting the general College entry requirements.


You will study full-time five days a week and you will be assessed through practical assignments, written tests and other methods.

Future opportunities

Progression into employment, and after a sufficient period of working in the industry, extending your practical skills, knowledge and gaining experience, progress onto a Level 4 course such as the Foundation Degree in Culinary Arts.

Further information

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

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Westminster Kingsway College directly.

Last updated date: 06 March 2017
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