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Professional Cookery/Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service Level 2 Diploma at City College Brighton and Hove

Course description

Are you interested in food, cooking and providing a quality service within the Catering industry? Would you like to gain a qualification that will progress your knowledge of food preparation? This could be the course for you! 
The Level 2 Diploma seeks to build on the knowledge, training and enthusiasm you already have for cookery and will teach you how to prepare new types of food and sauces. You will also develop your knowledge of health and safety and how the catering and hospitality industry operates. 
This course aims to give you the skills and confidence to be able to seek employment once you have successfully completed it. It also seeks to give you the grounding and knowledge required to apply for the Level 3 courses, which will teach you management/supervisory skills as well as advanced cookery techniques.

Course content

On this course you will learn about:

  • Preparing and cooking stocks, soups and sauces
  • Preparing and cooking fruit and vegetables
  • Preparing and cooking meat and offal
  • Preparing and cooking fish and shellfish
  • Preparing and cooking pasta, grains and rice
  • Preparing and cooking desserts, puddings and bakery products
  • Healthier eating and special diets
  • Food safety
  • Health and safety
  • Investigating the hospitality industry
  • Kitchen operations, costs and menu planning
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Legislation
  • Dealing with payments and bookings

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade E. Minimum grade C in GCSE English or GCSE Mathematics, or an equivalent Level 1 qualification in the same vocational subject.

Interview for entry: Interview required


This course is testing of food preparation and cooking skills and written assignments.

Financial information

There is a kit cost to students which is around £300 for chef whites and knives and front of house uniform.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing this course, you may wish to apply for one of the Level 3 courses on offer at City College. These will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to confidently apply for supervisory/management positions and to take your technical skill to an advanced level. 
Alternatively, this course will prepare you to apply for one of the many jobs in the Catering industry, across wide sectors such as restaurants, hotels, contract catering, industrial and airline catering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City College Brighton and Hove directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016
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    • Located in North Laine, right in the heart of Brighton, you’ll be just minutes away from a vibrant mix of shops, cafés, theatres and entertainment. You’ll be at the centre of everything that makes Brighton such a special city.

      Study Programme qualifications

      There are a wide range of study programme qualifications primarily based at our Central Campus, including: Art & Design, Beauty Therapy, Business, Catering, Computing, Digital Arts, Filmmaking, English & Mathematics, Hairdressing, Photography, Science, Travel & Tourism and our degree-level courses. Some classes will occasionally be held at our East Campus and some courses will occasionally be taught off-site.

      Read, learn & watch 

      • Learning Resource Centre open to all students
      • 40,000 books, 300 periodicals, 2,000 DVDs
      • Over 80 computer stations, equipped with electronic resources, e-books and access to online learning resources

      Get creative

      • Well-equipped, spacious and specialist art studios
      • Video and photographic studios
      • Top-of-the-range digital facilities and traditional dark rooms
      • A great value art shop on site - the cheapest supplier in Brighton

      Digital Design Centre

      • Mac-based Graphic Design suite
      • PC-based 3-D Multimedia suite with motion capture
      • Video studio with Chromakey and lighting rig
      • Digital video cameras, recorders and digital SLRs
      • All rooms fully networked with email and internet access on every machine.

      The Hub

      • A one-stop-shop to get you prepared for the world of work
      • Advice and support on job hunting, careers, employability skills, work experience, Apprenticeships and CV-writing

      The Gallery and its commercial kitchens

      • Working restaurant open to the public and specialising in catering for bespoke events and restaurant-quality meals
      • Run by students with a strong reputation in the community
      • Supported by four industry-standard training kitchens

      Relax and unwind

      • Professionally equipped salons open to the public
      • Equipment and treatments that you would find in any salon
      • Customer reception area and sophisticated booking system replicating the workplace
      • Great discounts on hair and beauty treatments

      Holidays, travel, concerts and lots more

      • A working travel agency open to the public
      • Training in a realistic environment on professional booking systems and with real holiday companies
      • The opportunity to practise what you have learnt and show employers that you have real experience

      Experiments and research

      • A full science lab suite which is one of the best in the South East
      • Specialist facilities for forensic science

      Relax and refuel

      • The Central Café offers fantastic value, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and dinners
      • Guest chefs from around Brighton visit to cook specialist cuisines
      • The Coffee Stop serves speciality teas and coffees
      • Vending machines offer drinks and confectionery

      Getting here

      City College Central Campus is less than 5 minutes walk from Brighton Station and local bus routes to Pelham Street include:

      Via London Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 17, 21, 22, 33, 40, 270, 271

      Via Lewes Road

      24, 25, 28, 29, 37, 49, 50, 78

      Via Hollingbury/Hollingdean

      26, 46, 50

      Via Western Road

      5, 5A, 5B, 21, 21A, 46, 49