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Professional Cookery Finesse Academy-Introductory Diploma at Derby College

Course description

This course will help develop your knowledge and practical abilities in a wide variety of preparation and cooking methods.  It also covers food safety, health and safety, and employability skills.

In addition to attending College, you will develop a wide variety of skills and experience working at the Finesse hotel.

Course content

You will cover a wide range of topics including food safety, developing skills for employment, health and safety, healthy foods and special diets, and preparing and cooking foods via a variety of cooking methods. Units include for example:

  • Prepare and cook foods by boiling, poaching and steaming
  • Prepare and cook foods by stewing and braising
  • Prepare and cook foods by baking, roasting and grilling
  • Prepare and cook foods by deep frying and shallow frying

The course also features work experience and tutorial sessions.

Entry requirements

You will need Maths and English GCSE at grade C or above.  It is essential that you show a commitment to maintaining high standards of attendance.


Assessment will entail a variety of methods including assignments, tests and practical tasks.

Future opportunities

Further Study
You can progress to the Intermediate Diploma in Professional Cookery or to an apprenticeship.

You can advance your career in a variety of roles within a kitchen.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2016

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